Robert Knighton, a 30-year-old resident of Wiggins has been charged with grand larceny after his grandmother discovered some jewelry missing from her home.

Stone County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Amanda Schonewitz said the grandmother had come to the department following Thanksgiving weekend to report the jewelry stolen.

While Schonewitz was conducting her investigation, the grandmother did some investigating of her own and discovered a ring at a pawn shop.

“When she questioned her grandson, he admitted to the theft and also admitted to having given the jewelry to a girlfriend,” Schonewitz said. “We did some looking into it and identified the person who pawned the ring as Robert’s girlfriend, Erica Fenton.

“She is currently being held in Harrison County on another charge and we have a hold placed on her.”

Knighton remains lodged at the Stone County Regional Correctional Facility with a revoked bond from a previous incident.

In another case, the Wiggins Police Department arrested 47-year-old Stephen Bortner of Wiggins and charged him with commercial burglary and three counts of auto burglary after a rash of break ins at O’Neal Trucking on Magnolia Drive.

“Mr. Bortner is suspected of being involved in those burglaries,” said WPD Chief Matt Barnett.

The WPD also arrested 50-year-old Lisa Berry of Hattiesburg after she was stopped for vehicle safety violations.

“Officers found approximately one-half gram of methamphetamine during a search of her vehicle,” Barnett said.

She was charged with driving with a suspended license and possession of a controlled substance.

As of Monday afternoon, Berry was still lodged at the SCRCF with a $10,000 bond.

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