Police in Alabama have recovered the third of three vehicles reported stolen from Neshoba County residents in early September.

Neshoba County Sheriff Tommy Waddell said the third vehicle, a silver and gold F-150 pickup that was taken from the Arlington community on Sept. 8, was recovered by law enforcement in Eutaw, Ala., last week after a homeowner reported a suspicious vehicle.

According to Waddell, local law enforcement in Eutaw, which is about 20 miles past the state line and southwest of Tuscaloosa, responded to the call and identified the stolen vehicle by its license plate. 




They performed a traffic stop and took the driver of the vehicle into custody, where he was questioned by Eutaw Police.

Waddell said no charges have been filed against the driver as of Tuesday morning, but that the investigation is still ongoing.

“At this point, we are following leads,” he said.

The F-150 appeared to be in good condition, but will not be returned to the owner because the insurance has already paid out on the vehicle.

Police have made arrests on the other two other vehicles citizens reported stolen in September, although Waddell didn’t want to speculate whether or not the crimes were related.

Sami Elbatnigi, 29, was arrested and charged with possession of stolen property during a traffic stop of the stolen Chevy Z-71 pickup taken from Road 121 in the Dixon community on Sept. 15.

He also faces charges for credit card fraud and intent to defraud.

Neshoba Investigator Derek Wyatt said that Elbatnigi was “effectively homeless” though most recently claimed to live in Walnut Grove.

Timothy Caleb Smith, 18, was arrested and charged with felony possession of a stolen vehicle by Neshoba County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Kenny Spencer the afternoon of Sept. 19 in a traffic stop on Beacon Street. 

That arrest came just five days after the 2006 silver Chevy Camaro he was driving was reported stolen from Bobby’s Auto Sales on Mississippi 485.

Waddell said Smith, who is also homeless, was in the process of moving the vehicle from one hiding place to another when police spotted him driving through town.

An investigation into the thefts is ongoing.