Burglary suspect pleads guility

Published 12:02 am Saturday, April 28, 2012

William Mark Pittman, Jr. pled guilty Wednesday to theft of property I on charges stemming from a burglary case at Pugh & Son that occurred on March 5, 2012. During the investigation conducted by the Covington County Sheriff’s Department, it was discovered that a large amount of cash was taken from the business.

On March 7, 2012, officers questioned Pittman about the burglary. During the interview, Pittman gave officers consent to search the vehicle he had arrived in, and a large amount of cash was recovered. Drug Task Force agents also recovered a large amount of marijuana in the vehicle.

Pittman was on probation on prior charges, and on April 19, 2012, Circuit Court Judge Ashley McKathan revoked his probation after the defendant admitted the new violation of Unlawful Possession of Marijuana I.

Pittman has three prior felony charges, including theft of property I, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, and fraudulent use of a credit/debit card. Pittman was sentenced to 17 years imprisonment on the new charge of theft of property I. He was represented by his attorney, Deb Smith.