Canoe used in burglary

Sowa

PASCAGOULA

An Alabama man in custody Monday is accused along with an unknown accomplice of using a canoe to gain access to Gulf City Fisheries, where they are accused of stealing copper wiring over a period of several weeks, Pascagoula Police Lt. Davy Davis said.

Michael Donald Sowa, 37, was taken into custody around 7:30 p.m. Sunday after police officers responded to a report of a burglary there.

Sowa, police said, was still inside the building when he was arrested and charged with commercial burglary and possession of burglary tools. He is jailed in the Pascagoula Municipal Jail pending a bond hearing.

Sowa and the other suspect, who is still at large, are accused of paddling a canoe to the company’s property on Cedar Street and breaking into the business.

The two, Davis said, apparently would launch at the west end of Lake Avenue on the Pascagoula River and canoe south to the business.

After each alleged copper wire theft, Davis said, the suspects “(transported) their spoils back north” and transferred the stolen property to a waiting truck.

Police are continuing the investigation and are asking for any information that might lead to an arrest.

Call in tips to the Pascagoula Police Department at 762-2211.

By MARGARET BAKER – mbbaker@sunherald.com

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