Saturday night the Simpson County Sheriff’s Dept. responded to a report of a black 2011 GMC Denali pickup with a dump trailer stolen near Rials Creek and Airport Road. A short time later the owner discovered the trailer abandoned on AD McLendon Rd. The vehicle’s OnStar system aided in tracking the suspects’ movements through Simpson, Rankin and finally into Hinds County.
The vehicle was finally discovered at a Wal-mart on Hwy 18 in the Raymond area. A Rankin County Sheriff’s deputy was able to secure the vehicle, and Hinds County Sheriff’s deputies gave chase after the suspects fled on foot into the Walmart.
Kenneth Dalton Runnels and Alyssa Taylor were arrested in connection with the theft and are awaiting transport back to Simpson County. More arrests are expected in this incident as the investigation progresses.