Two Men Receive 28-Year Sentences for Dozens of Automobile Burglaries

For Immediate Release
September 23, 2010
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Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Gregory Phillip Hardges and Andreas T. Paesler both received a 28-year sentence for their involvement in a string of automobile burglaries in Rankin County. They both pled to four counts of automobile burglary. The sentences will run consecutively and fourteen years of the sentence will be suspended.

In July 2009, Hardges and Paesler were driven to multiple neighborhoods, where they broke into vehicles and stole purses and electronic items.

Guest stated, “These two young men began a life of crime that victimized a large number of innocent people. If they had not been apprehended they would have continued their crime spree and it would have likely escalated into more dangerous criminal behavior.”

Guest added, “We will continue to work with our local law enforcement to fight crime and to protect our citizens and businesses. Individuals like Hardges and Paesler will learn that we simply will not tolerate their illegal behavior.”

Paesler was observed in one of the neighborhoods, and was a known to law enforcement because he was out on bond in Madison County for another auto burglary. He was questioned and admitted to breaking into the cars. He stated that many of the items were kept in his Ridgeland home. A search warrant was executed and some of the stolen items were found.

Officers were also able to determine that Hardges and a driver were also involved. Law enforcement officials were told that the driver and Hardges were in a hotel parking lot. Minutes later, they were arrested.

The driver was questioned by law enforcement and told them that she drove Hardges and Paesler to multiple neighborhoods where they broke into the vehicles.

Following Hardges’ arrest, he confessed to his role in breaking into the vehicles.

Guest concluded, “This trio of criminals were stopped because law enforcement officials, from Madison and Rankin Counties, worked together to bring them to justice.”