Continued investigation into thefts from a northern Hopkins County residence and building about two weeks ago resulted in recovery of an additional $7,000 worth of the stolen property as well as location of items confirmed stolen from Texarkana and Franklin County as well.
Hopkins County sheriff’s investigators and the cattle ranger located $52,000 worth of the estimated $62,000 in stolen property Monday in Marion, Morris and Cass counties. 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 Monday, along with a roll toolbox (top and bottom), an air compressor and other tools.
“Cattle Ranger Toney Hurley 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,” Lewis Tatum, chief investigator for Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office, said Tuesday morning.
The case continued to develop, leading investigators to Hughes Springs, Lone Star and the Linden area, as well as Marion County Monday. Investigators called in a suspect in the case Monday. The man agreed to help investigators.
Tatum and Hurley continued to follow leads this week in Morris County. Friday they located three rifles valued at $1,777, a $200 pistol, a $4,500 Lincoln welder, two sets of binoculars and about $300 worth of ammunition believed to be the property stolen from northern Hopkins County two weeks ago. Tatum and Hurley loaded up those items and brought them back to Hopkins County to be processed and later returned to the rightful owner, the investigator said.
Morris County Sheriff Jack Martin was also called in after a Ford tractor on the property came back as being stolen out of Franklin County and a 40-foot air ride float trailer was found to be stolen out of Texarkana.
Investigators said the case is not yet closed as there’s still at least one gun and a pair of binoculars taken in the northern Hopkins County burglary that need to be accounted for.
Arrests had not been made as of Friday in connection with the thefts, but Tatum said there are at least two suspects involved. They have yet to locate one person implicated, and a second is expected to turn himself in Monday on a theft warrant the officers have obtained for his arrest. With additional items found at the Morris County location connected to thefts in other counties, the investigation is ongoing and could result in additional suspects being identified and charged, officials report.
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