Update: Suspect in Attala County burglaries arrested in Madison County


A man wanted for several burglaries in Attala County is now behind bars.

Sheriff Tim Nail said 35-year-old Michael Bassett was arrested by officers with the Madison County Sheriff’s Department.

Bassett is charged with several counts of burglary for break-ins, several of which he admitted to, in the Newport and McCool communities. He is also being questioned by law enforcement agencies for burglaries in surrounding counties.

Basseett was first identified in early October after leading Attala deputies on a high speed car chase before leaving the car and running away on foot. After searching the vehicle he was driving, investigators found several items connected to the local burglaries.

Nail said Bassett was brought back to Attala County Thursday, Oct. 11 before being taken to the Leake County Jail.


10-5-2018: At approximately 2:00 pm Attala County Sheriff Tim Nail was responding to a report of a B&E in the McCool community. While en-route to the call he met a vehicle near Ethel that matched the description given to law enforcement officers as one that may have been used in the crime.

Sheriff Nail turned around to execute a traffic stop on the vehicle when the driver attempted to flee from the Sheriff. The the chase continued on to Black Jack Road where the suspect jumped from the auto and ran into the woods. Kosciusko Police, additional Deputies along with the K9 unit arrived on scene to assist in the search.

Officers combed the area from over three hours but were unable to located the subject.

Sheriff Nail told Breezy News that they have the identity of the subject will pick soon pick him up on the charges. Nail said the vehicle was searched and they were able to recover a hand gun. The weapon was not stolen according to the Sheriff.

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