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Gun and gold, silver jewelry recovered with arrests of two

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    A stolen gun lead to the arrest of two men in Kaufman County following a traffic stop there on Saturday, according to Hopkins County Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Lewis Tatum.

    Hopkins County Deputy Koby Hume was dispatched to a burglary in the south part of the county Saturday and learned a gun and some jewelry had been stolen.
    Hume then entered information about the stolen property on both the state and national crime information computer networks and immediately got a “hit” on the gun.
    “About 40 minutes prior, the weapon had been run by a patrol officer in Kaufman County who had stopped the suspects’ car,” Tatum explained. “Inside the car were our weapon, our stolen jewelry, which was later identified, and other stolen weapons and other items that were taken in other areas.”
    Tatum went to Kaufman County Saturday to interview the subjects and ended up tying them to burglaries on State Highway 11 west in Hopkins County.
    Two men from the Van Zandt-Kaufman county area are currently being held in connection with the stolen property and burglaries.
    “One is a Michael Fredric Wisniewski, 58, and the other is a Damon Gene Engert, 39,” Tatum said. “They have already been arraigned on our charges in Kaufman County.”
    Kaufman County authorities said bond was denied for both men.
    Tatum said there was a possibility that still another burglary in the Dike area could also be cleared with the arrests.
    Included in the stolen property recovered was a weapon taken from West, Texas.
    “One of the weapons was stolen out of West, like on the same day,” Tatum said. “Of course there is property, I'm sure, that's going to be out of Van Zandt and Wood counties.”
    Investigator Daniel Winn recovered a quantity of stolen items from a Canton pawn shop Tuesday morning.
    “There is no telling how many burglaries are going to be involved,” Tatum said. “The subject I interviewed said the only way he could tell exactly would be to take him to the area and he would show us the residences. He is going to do that when we bring him up here.”




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