The van Dove drove in the wreck two weeks ago here
The van Dove drove in the wreck two weeks ago here
A Neshoba County man accused of stealing a Good Samaritan's vehicle following a wreck two weeks ago has been apprehended in Georgia, Sheriff Tommy Waddell said Tuesday.

Waddell said Jacob Dove, 26, of 10651 Road 351, the suspect in the Jan. 10 auto theft, has been arrested in south Georgia in possession of the stolen vehicle, officials said.

“He was stopped by state troopers for traffic violations,” Waddell said. He was apparently speeding and driving under the influence, according to charges.

Dove is being held without bond. In Georgia, he faces two felonies, possession of stolen property (the vehicle) and possession of illicit drugs, as well as “numerous misdemeanors,” according to Waddell.

Waddell said that after Dove is processed in Georgia, he will be released into the custody of the Neshoba County Sheriff’s Department. In Neshoba County, he faces a charge of grand larceny and fleeing the scene of an accident.

In the wreck earlier this month, Dove allegedly drove off with the Good Samaritan’s vehicle after the person stopped to help with the accident he allegedly caused on Highway 19 south in the Tucker community.

“Apparently, a Good Samaritan stopped to help out with the accident, and the driver that caused the accident stole the bystander’s vehicle,” Waddell said at the time. 

Because the wreck occurred on a state highway, the Mississippi Highway Patrol led the investigation. 

There were no injuries reported. Dove was driving a late-model white van.

Mississippi Highway Patrol Sgt. Andy West originally identified Dove as the suspect.

Waddell reported the stolen vehicle was a grey Chevrolet Impala with a Dallas Cowboys sticker on the back. 

Waddell said Dove was wanted by his probation officer, which could explain why he stole the vehicle and fled the scene. 

In July and January 2018, Dove was arrested and charged with violations of his probation. In July of last year and May 2017, Dove was arrested in Neshoba County on a probation violation. He was also arrested two other times in 2018 and held for another agency.

Dove was convicted in a 2009 church burglary where he and two others stole sound equipment from a rural Neshoba County church.

Then, as a 17-year-old, Dove was arrested in connection with the burglary of Smith Chapel Church on Mississippi 491. Several pieces of costly sound equipment and two air conditioners were reported stolen.

He was convicted of burglary of a church and placed in drug court in 2010.