Mississippi man wearing ankle monitor arrested after reportedly breaking into garage

Published 5:33 am Thursday, April 25, 2024

A Mississippi man wearing an ankle monitor from a previous burglary charge was arrested again after reportedly breaking into a garage.

On Tuesday, April 23, 2024, around 6:30 p.m., Lowndes County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area of Dauphine Drive after receiving a report of a suspect breaking into a garage at a residence.

A 16-year-old victim at home alone saw the suspect on surveillance camera and called 9-1-1.

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As the suspect left the residence with the owner’s property, the victim gave deputies a description of his vehicle.

The vehicle was spotted on Hughes Road, where deputies contacted the driver. Deputies then arrested 39-year-old Andrew Paul Johnston of Columbus for burglary and possession of Methamphetamine.

Johnston has been booked into the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center nine previous times with 22 previous misdemeanor charges and four previous felony charges,  most of which are drug offenses and burglary charges.

Johnston is currently out on bond in Oktibbeha County on a burglary charge and was wearing an ankle monitor to track his whereabouts.

Detectives will ask the courts to hold Johnston without bond in Lowndes County.

Also, detectives saw other property in his vehicle that they believed might be stolen and will review his ankle monitor information to reveal if other victims can be identified.