John's Grocery burglar arrested

James Rooks
DTL Staff
Staff Writer

Deputies with the Clay County Sheriff's Department arrested 41-year-old James Rooks on Wednesday for burglary of a commercial building.

A statement by the CCSD said the incident occurred at approximately 1:12 a.m. when deputies responded to an alarm at John's Grocery on Highway 45 Alt.

Deputies arrived on the scene and discovered glass had been broken out and food items had been taken from the store.

Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott said deputies pursued a suspect on foot but was unable to locate him at the time.

At approximately 6:30 a.m. the suspect reappeared at the store and was taken into custody.

CCSD investigators have charged Rooks with burglary of a commercial building.

Rooks is currently being held at the Clay County Detention Center with bond set at $50,000.

Scott said the investigation is ongoing and anyone with any information is encouraged to contact CCSD at 494-2896 or Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers at 1-800-530-7151.