Hinds County man receives 42 years for string of Auto Burglaries

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney John K. Bramlett, Jr., announced today that 43-year-old Woodrez Tremayne Davis, of Jackson was convicted of twelve counts of automobile burglary that occurred in several neighborhoods in Rankin County.

On September 30, 2017 and October 1, 2017 residents of multiple neighborhoods in Rankin County reported that there had been numerous automobile burglaries. Through the course of the investigation deputies with the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department responded to twelve total automobile burglaries. One of the victims had a video surveillance system in place that was able to capture the thief on video.

Sheriff Bryan Bailey’s deputies sent this video to other law enforcement agencies in the area. A detective with the Clinton Police was able to make a positive identification of the suspect on the video. This detective identified the suspect as Woodrez Tremayne Davis. The Clinton detective was familiar with Davis because Davis was also a suspect in several automobile burglaries in the Clinton area. The Flowood Police Department was also able to provide assistance placing Davis in Rankin County at the time of the crime. They gathered video surveillance that showed the vehicle that Davis was known to drive in Rankin County on September 30, 2017 and October 1, 2017.

The Rankin County Sheriff’s deputies learned that another agency had an outstanding arrest warrant on Woodrez Tremayne Davis. On October 2, 2017, deputies Rankin County Sheriff’s Department met with representatives of the United States Marshals Fugitive Task Force, Madison Police Department and Clinton Police Department in an effort to coordinate their cases and make an arrest of Davis. When officers arrived at Davis’s location in Jackson, he was working on his vehicle. In plain view, were several items that had been reported stolen from Rankin County. After obtaining a search warrant, Clinton Police Department and the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department worked together to search and identify other stolen property at Davis’s location. Woodrez Tremayne Davis was taken to Rankin County where, after waiving his Miranda rights, he confessed to twelve automobile burglaries in Rankin County. He was later transported to Hinds County to face charges in their jurisdiction.

On November 30, 2017, Davis was indicted by a Rankin County Grand Jury for twelve counts of automobile burglary. He has been in custody since this crime completing his previous sentences with the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Davis was returned to the Rankin County Jail earlier this year to face his charges in the Rankin County Circuit Court. Davis entered an open guilty plea before Circuit Court Judge Dewey Arthur. Judge Arthur sentenced Davis to serve seven years on each of the twelve counts. Counts one through six are to run consecutively to each other for a total of 42 years. Counts seven through twelve are to run concurrently with each other and with counts one through six.

District Attorney John K. Bramlett, Jr. stated, “Davis is a career criminal whose repeated thefts have disturbed the lives and peace of the citizens of Rankin County. We want the message to be clear: Do not come to Rankin County to steal. We hope this is the end of Davis’s criminal career, and that this sentence will discourage others from going down the same path.”
Bramlett added, “We would like to thank Sheriff Bryan Bailey and the excellent work of his deputies for leading this investigation. Sheriff Bailey’s deputies are always quick in their response and thorough in their investigations. Also, because of the great working relationship they have with other agencies, Davis was able to be apprehended quickly and safely. We would also like to thank the other law enforcement agencies for their assistance in this investigation. We would specifically like to thank the Flowood Police Department, the United States Marshals Service, Clinton Police Department and the Madison Police Department for their assistance and excellent work in the investigation. The tireless work of law enforcement enabled our office to be able to secure this conviction.”

Name: Woodrez Tremayne Davis
Date of Birth: 7/27/1977