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Cab Driver Charged With Providing Too Much Service

May 10, 1985

JACKSON, Miss (AP) _ A taxicab driver who allegedly drove two men to the business they broke into and then waited for them to emerge with the loot and drove them away, has been charged with transporting stolen goods.

Assistant District Attorney Robert H. Taylor said Thursday that Walter James Tate provided ″a full-service taxi.″

″We know for a fact he had driven them to more than one burglary, both in Jackson and Ridgeland,″ said Detective Alvin Starkey. ″It’s nothing unusual to see a taxicab parked somewhere. People don’t think anything about it.″

″He would transport the people who’d do the burglary. He waited while they did the burglary,″ Starkey said.

Tate was indicted by a Hinds County grand jury on charges he transported goods and people after a burglary at Greener & Sumner Construction on Jan. 13.

Tate, who denied knowledge of the burglary, told police the two men ″called a cab and he came to pick them up.″

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