Mother, son accused of 5 felonies against elderly ex-relative
A mother and son from Richton bilked an elderly ex-relative for thousands of dollars while she was in the hospital, according to the Jones County Sheriff’s Department.
Delora Cobb, 56, and her son Jonathan Cobb, 19, made their initial
appearances in Jones County Justice Court on Friday. She was charged with five felonies — burglary, grand larceny, uttering forgery, credit card fraud and fraud, and Judge Billie Graham set her bond at $30,000. He was charged with burglary and grand larceny and the judge set his bond at $15,000. Both posted bond and were released from the Jones County Adult Detention Center.
The victim was identified as an elderly Jones County woman who used to be related to the suspects. The woman, who used to be Delora Cobb’s mother-in-law, according to the affidavit read by Graham, immediately suspected the mother-son duo after she returned from a hospital stay in early June and discovered items missing from her home.
She filed a report with the JCSD, accusing the two of taking a tractor and bush hog, along with deeds, titles to automobiles, heirlooms and several other items. The victim said she confronted the Cobbs and they admitted to taking the items. They said would return them, but they did not, according to the JCSD report.
Not long after the burglary, the victim began to receive overdraft notices from her bank and discovered numerous checks written to Delora Cobb and other bills totaling more than $1,700. A bank draft for a vehicle the victim doesn’t own was also set up in her account and she began receiving bills. The victim also received bills from a home-shopping network for items that she didn’t purchase. That account was opened in her name, but it used Delora Cobb’s phone number.
Jonathan Cobb is accused of helping her with the heavier items that were stolen from the property.
Both were taken into custody on Thursday.