Three-day crime spree ends in pursuit


Joshua Wayne Burnett and Veronica Burnett

BEAR CREEK   -  What began as suspicious people at Twin Forks Campground in Bear Creek turned into two vehicle crashes, a convicted sex offender taken into custody, his brother still at large and a three-state theft ring broken.
Charges in the ongoing investigation have been filed against  Joshua Wayne Burnett, 44, who had escaped from a federal transition house in Lee County, Mississippi.  Burnett  is a sex offender, who was convicted on Nov. 28, 2000, in Lonoke, Arkansas on rape charges, according to authorities and criminal records.
Burnett now faces charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, leaving the scene of an accident, two counts of receiving stolen property, attempting to elude, reckless endangerment, possession of a controlled substance, criminal trespassing third degree and four counts of bringing stolen property into the state, according to Bear Creek Police Chief Kenny Hallmark.
Burnett’s sister-in-law, Veronica Ann Medling Burnett, 41, of 480 County Highway 431, Ripley, Miss., was found hiding in the Twin Forks Campground area and faces the same charges, Hallmark added.
Veronica’s husband, and Joshua Wayne’s brother, John Paul Burnett, 46, also of 480 County Highway 431, Ripley, Miss., is still at large after crashing a vehicle while attempting to leave the campsite area then fleeing on foot into a wooded area, the


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