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City Arrest Cracks Multiple Cases

James West

By David Howell


WATER VALLEY – A Horn Lake man faces a barrage of charges from multiple counties including one count of commercial burglary from the Jan. 5 break-in at Dunn’s Country Store after he was arrested Friday night by the Water Valley Police Department. James West, 34, was taken into custody after leading officers in a vehicle pursuit after allegedly shoplifting beer from a local business.

He was charged by the Water Valley Police Department for DUI, child endangerment, speeding, driving with a suspended license, shoplifting and speeding in the incident.

Sheriff Lance Humphreys said evidence obtained from James West’s vehicle linked him to the Dunn’s Country Store burglary, a discovery made by officers with the Water Valley police department who contacted sheriff’s narcotics deputy Thomas West when they learned of the connection.

“Narcotics officer Thomas West recovered numerous stolen items, some from Dunn’s, and gathered information after talking to a witness that connected him to other crimes,” Humphreys explained. Thomas West was able to alert authorities in Lafayette County to the location of a stolen Can Am UTV. The information allowed investigators from both Marshall and Lafayette counties to execute a search warrant at a Byhalia residence and recover stolen property from multiple counties. 

Humphreys said the value of the stolen items recovered at the Byhalia residence could be as much as $100,000 and includes seven guns, a big screen television, four-wheeler, enclosed trailer with tools, two dirt bikes, a boat, Can Am UTV and other items linked to thefts in Yalobusha, Lafayette, Marshall and DeSoto County and the City of Olive Branch. 

James West is currently in custody in the Yalobusha County Detention Center. In addition to the charges from the police pursuit, he has been charged with commercial burglary, grand larceny and malicious mischief for the Jan. 5 burglary at Dunn’s. Humphreys said he has requested an attorney before he will talk to investigators.

“We are going to try and get a lawyer appointed as quick as we can, there are several departments chomping at the bits to talk to him,” Humphreys added. 

The sheriff also stated the investigation is ongoing and additional arrests could be made. 

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