Police: Teens accused of breaking into business, stealing cash; one confesses, writes apology letter to victim.

Published 12:50 pm Sunday, September 10, 2023

A Mississippi teen wrote an apology letter to his victim after he and another teen were charged with breaking into a business on Friday.

Officials with the Gulfport Police Department report that Darius Deshaun Pettway, 19, and a 17-year-old juvenile have been charged with one count of burglary of a business.

WLOX in Biloxi reports that the two teens were arrested after an investigation of a burglary that occurred just after midnight on Tuesday, Sept. 5. Police report that two people broke the glass on the front door of a business on Highway 49 in Gulfport. The two suspects stole several items, including cash from the store’s register, according to police.

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While being interviewed by police, Pettaway reportedly confessed to his role in the break-in and handed investigators an apology letter that he had written to the victim.

Pettway is being held at the Harrison County Adult Detention Center on a $50,000 bond.

The other teen was taken to the Harrison County Youth Detention Center. The child’s parent has been charged with child neglect.