At least $52,000 worth of property stolen last week from a house and shop building in northern Hopkins County was recovered Monday from three counties by Hopkins County sheriff’s officers and the cattle ranger for this area. No arrests have been made yet in the theft, but sheriff’s investigators anticipate securing warrants for at least two people said to have been involved.
Hopkins County Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Lewis Tatum was contacted Monday, April 29, about the theft of $62,000 worth of property from the house and building in northern Hopkins County. Among the items reported stolen were a Kubota tractor, Polaris Ranger, several firearms and ammunition, a few pocket knives, a Craftsman roll toolbox, Campbell Hausfeld air compressor and numerous other tools.
Tatum explained that at the time the call came in, he and other sheriff’s staff were in court. He contacted Cattle Ranger Toney Hurley with Texas and Southwest Cattle Raisers Association.
“Toney started on it, helping us out. He had worked a case out in Franklin County from a year ago. It carried on over to this case. We started on the case and worked it all of last week, and Friday and Saturday myself and Ranger Hurley worked it,” Tatum said.
The case continued to develop, leading investigators to Hughes Springs, Lone Star and the Linden area, as well as Marion County. They called in a suspect in the case Monday. The man agreed to help investigators.
Tatum, along with HCSO investigators Jace Anglin, Daniel Winn, HCSO Lt. G.K. McLarry, and Hurley worked together to locate and recover stolen property Monday. At 10 p.m., three longarm guns, a pistol, ammunition and toolboxes were recovered in Hughes Springs; the Polaris was recovered in Linden; and the Kubota tractor recovered in Marion County. Also recovered was a roll toolbox (top and bottom), an air compressor and other tools. One gun has also been turned into the Hughes Springs Police Department and is being held for local authorities.
Two guns and a welder are still missing, though investigators say they have leads as to the location of at least one more gun.
“Due to the way the recoveries were made in such a rapid fashion,” no one has yet to be arrested, Tatum says. Investigators have already obtained one warrant for theft of property and anticipate filing for at least one more warrant for another person’s arrest. He said at least one person who was in possession of the farm equipment could be charged as it’s very likely he knew the equipment for which he paid about a tenth of the cost was stolen.
“We don’t know yet if we’ll charge them with the bulk amount or individually, and there’s also the matter of one building and one burglary habitation from the same property. We’ll get with the district attorney and see how he wants to handle these,” the chief investigator said Tuesday morning, noting the investigation is still ongoing, so additional charges and arrests are possible.
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