ATF investigating Jackson man for guns

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The arrest of a Jackson man in connection with a Madison auto burglary last week has led to a federal investigation, the authorities said.

Joshua Smith, 26, 131 Dewitt Avenue, Jackson, was arrested on Wednesday, July 14, and charged with two counts of burglary, one count of conspiracy and one count of failure to stop. Madison County jail records show that Smith remains in the Madison County Detention Center.

During Smith’s arrest, investigators recovered a firearm stolen from within the city of Jackson along with stolen items from the original auto burglary in the city of Madison, Sanders said.

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 U.S. Marshal's Office located Smith at 102 Dewitt Ave. in Jackson later that afternoon.

Additional firearms were discovered 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.

The incident involved multiple agencies including the Madison County Sheriff’s Department.

“We are very proud to have a great working relationship with the Madison Police Department and the U.S.Marshal Service. These types of relationships are a very important component in solving crime. We have placed a violent offender in jail due to a great team effort and the Sheriff’s office could not be more proud of the joint efforts that went toward this arrest,” said  Heath Hall, spokesman for the Madison County Sheriff’s Department.


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