Hopkins County Sheriff’s officers this weekend recovered from a Quitman storage building several thousands of dollars worth of property stolen over the last 30 days from Hopkins, Wood and Rains counties, including numerous items reported stolen from the Arbala area.
This marks the third sizable property recovery HCSO has made in other counties in a week — one big haul last Monday of $52,000 worth of property reported stolen from northern Hopkins County and found in Marion County, and the Lone Star, Hughes Springs and Linden areas; a second related haul of more than $7,000 of the $62,000 in property stolen from northern Hopkins County as well as Texarkana and Franklin County, found in Morris County Friday; and more than 60 items stolen from at least three counties recovered over the weekend. The third haul is not at this time thought to be connected to the first two, but does involve numerous counties as well.
The weekend recovery got moving when HCSO “Sgt. Corley Weatherford located a subject who we believed participated in some of the stuff in Arbala,” said Lewis Tatum, HCSO chief investigator. “Sgt. Weatherford contacted the subject Sunday. One of the defendants lead us down to Wood County. I, Sgt. Weatherford and Cpl. Walt Kimmel went to Quitman, where met a Wood County investigators. We recovered 60 items out of storage building.”
Among the items found in the suspect’s storage building were several chain saws, an air compressor, numerous tools, a wooden Indian head, car stereo equipment, car tire rims and a pressure washer.
“One of the defendants cooperating with us admitted everything was stolen,” Tatum said. “He told us one guy would drop one to two out. One deterrent for a property [theft] was if they had a dog. They left those alone.”
Two other people have been implicated in connection with the thefts. No arrests had been made as of Monday. The known burglaries targeted storage buildings and shops.
Tatum said officials are cataloging the stolen property. Some has yet to be accounted for. Officials in neighboring counties are being contacted to see if some of the property has been recorded stolen in those areas.
Officials also learned that numerous other items of stolen property were pawned at 11 different pawn shops in an area including Tyler, Dallas, Rockwall and Garland. Those shops were in the process of being contacted.
Investigators were planning to meet with the district attorney Monday to try to secure warrants for arrests connected with the property thefts.
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