Madison arrest of Jackson man leads to ATF investigation

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The Tuesday arrest of a Jackson man by U.S. Marshals and Madison Police in connection with a Madison car burglary led to a Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigation with further charges pending.

Joshua Smith, 26, of 131 Dewitt Avenue, Jackson, was arrested Tuesday and charged with two counts of burglary and one count of failure to stop. Madison County jail records show that Smith remained in custody as of Thursday afternoon.

Madison Police Maj. Robert Sanders said that at 11:57 p.m. July 13 officers of the Madison Police Department began investigating an auto burglary that occurred on Devereaux Drive in the city limits.

“Investigators were able to determine a suspect vehicle description, which matched a vehicle description given by the Madison County Sheriff’s Department earlier where both agencies were involved in a vehicle pursuit through the City of Madison,” Sanders said. “The Madison County Sheriff’s Department had observed the vehicle exiting a neighborhood off of Catlett Road a few minutes prior and attempted a traffic stop where the vehicle failed to stop.”

The vehicle description was put out to surrounding agencies and a Flowood police officer spotted the vehicle on the morning of Wednesday, July 14.

A follow-up investigation led to the Madison Police Department issuing arrest warrants for Smith.

Investigators with MPD and agents with the United States Marshal's Office located Smith at 102 Dewitt Avenue in Jackson later that afternoon.

During his arrest, Investigators recovered a stolen firearm from the City of Jackson along with the stolen items from the original auto burglary in the City of Madison, Sanders said.

Additional firearms were located during the arrest and investigators turned the scene over to the ATF and the Madison County Sheriff’s Department for follow-up investigations.

Additional arrests are possible as the investigation continues, Sanders said.


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