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Stolen Texas Truck Recovered At Hotel

Sheriff Lance Humphreys (standing in doorway) checks out the hotel room where a Texas man was staying. Humphreys said his department received a tip that his truck was stolen.

By David Howell
North Mississippi Herald

WATER VALLEY– A Texas man originally from Yalobusha County was taken into custody around noon Tuesday after the sheriff’s department received a tip.
    Sheriff Lance Humphreys reported Michael Hardin, 35, had possession of a stolen Chevrolet pickup from the Houston, Texas area. The truck was parked at the Valley Motel, where Hardin was taken into custody.
    He was arrested without incident and Humphreys said he looked like he had been in the bed sleeping when they knocked on the door.
    “He claims a buddy let him borrow the truck and he brought it to Mississippi,” Humphreys said.
    Another person traveling with Hardin was initially detained and questioned before he was released.
    “Hardin said he didn’t know his name, he just happened to ride with him from Texas to Mississippi,” Humphreys told the Herald.
    Hardin has active warrants out of Lafayette and Grenada counties.
    Tentative charges for possession of stolen property on the vehicle are pending, as the local sheriff’s department is waiting for additional information from Texas on the vehicle. Mills Brothers Wrecker Service towed the truck, which was impounded.
    “We really appreciate when the public reaches out and gives us information that helps solve crimes,” Humphreys added.
    Anyone with any information about a crime in the county is urged to contact Yalobusha County Crimestoppers.
    Crimestoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction, according to the sheriff.
    To contact Crimestoppers, call 1-866-933-TIPS or 473-4935 or send an email to: TIPS@Yalobusha County. net.
    

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