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Update: Car theft suspect captured by police

ALCORN AND PRENTISS COUNTIES, Miss. (WTVA) — Update 7:13 p.m. - Alcorn County investigators said they have captured the car theft suspect that they've been chasing since Friday night.

Alcorn County Chief Investigator Tommy Hopkins said they caught the suspect, David Carnell, 32, of Booneville, around 7 o'clock Sunday night on County Road 755.

Hopkins said the Carnell hitched a ride with a man earlier this afternoon. The driver did not know Carnell was wanted by police officer at the time.

Around 7 o'clock, police caught spotted him in the man's car during a traffic stop and were able to arrest him.

He's being brought to the Alcorn County Sheriff's Office for questioning.

Prentiss County investigators said Carnell has prior felony convictions.

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Police are currently chasing a man who they said stole at least two trucks within the past three days.

Prentiss County Sheriff Randy Tolar said it all started Friday night when the suspect stole a vehicle from Alcorn County.

A highway patrolman spotted the suspect driving the vehicle and started chasing him, but the suspect was able to get away.

The car chase resumed on Saturday in Prentiss County when the patrolman spotted the suspect northwest of Marietta.

Sheriff Tolar said the suspect abandoned the truck and escaped into the woods right after sunset.

Around nine o'clock, Prentiss County 911 received a call from a homeowner living on County Road 5091 who said a man walked up to his home and asked for help.

When the homeowner turned the suspect away, he stole another truck down the road.

Tolar said Alcorn County investigators spotted him around midnight and began a slow-speed chase which went about 30 miles per hour.

Investigators said he abandoned the second truck and escaped in the woods again.

During a phone interview at 6:30 p.m. Sunday night, Alcorn County Sheriff Charles Rhinehart said they spotted the suspect once again in what may be another stolen vehicle. He said they're currently chasing the suspect.

Tolar said the suspect faces several charges, including felony fleeing and two counts of grand larceny, but he added there will most likely be more charges added.

Police aren't releasing the suspect's name at this time.










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