Man Arrested for Two Car Thefts

Adair County authorities have arrested a Columbia man for stealing two vehicles in Adair county recently, and the tip that led them to him came as a result of him wearing sheriff’s department uniform taken from one of those stolen cars. James Michael Bass Jr. is jailed on charges he stole a Grand Prix belonging to a former reserve deputy earlier this month, and a Chevy Suburban from an owner in Brashear last week. Both vehicles have been recovered. Late last week, someone called the Sheriff’s office, saying they’d seen Bass in the older-style deputy’s uniform used by the sheriff’s department several years ago. Information from that tip led deputies to look for a specific vehicle, which was spotted Thursday night. Boone was arrested without incident.