|Deputy's quick response leads to recovery of stolen property|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
Feb. 9, 2005 -- The quick response of a sheriff's deputy Tuesday afternoon resulted in the recovery of more than $4,000 in stolen firearms, a computer monitor and electronics - some items that the owners had yet to discover were stolen.
One man is currently being held at the county jail on an unrelated charge, and sheriff's investigators were working Wednesday afternoon to secure warrants on that man and another suspect.
The case began coming together late Tuesday morning when Hopkins County Sheriff's Deputy Brandon Anderson responded to a call of a building burglary on County Road 1138 in Miller Grove. The property owner reported some pocket knives, a Remington 12-gauge shotgun and a DVD player had been taken, and the perpetrator apparently attempted to remove a big screen television from the location, as the item had been moved from its designated place.
Anderson, after finding evidence indicating what type of vehicle was driven by the burglars, located a vehicle matching the description before 1 p.m. on County Road 1135 at County Road 2234. He stopped the vehicle and noticed a computer monitor in the back floorboard. None of the occupants claimed to know who it belonged to.
HCSO Investigator Lewis Tatum arrived, and after obtaining the consent to search the Chevrolet Malibu, found in the trunk "six weapons: four long guns and two pistols," which the occupants of the car said they had no idea where they came from. A DVD player and other items were also found in the vehicle.
The driver, a 22-year-old Lone Oak man, was wanted on an outstanding warrant for surety off bond. He was arrested at 1:25 p.m. and the items in the vehicle taken in as evidence. Part of the items were determined to have been taken from the Miller Grove building and officers began attempting to determine to whom the six guns, also believed to be stolen, belonged.
Just before 6 p.m. Tuesday, deputies received a call from a County Road 1120 resident that his Brashear house had been broken into and six guns were stolen.
After obtaining a list and specifics on the $4,605 worth of stolen guns, deputies compared it with the information on the guns Anderson and Tatum recovered from the car, and determined them to be the ones stolen in Brashear, Tatum said.
"The stop Brandon made cleared up the burglary he was on and guns from a burglary that had not yet been reported at that time," Tatum said. "Most of the items recovered have been returned to the victims. We're still missing a VCR/DVD player, a Remington 12-gauge shotgun with a left-hand eject on it and several pocket knives from one of them. They were not in the items recovered as evidence from Brandon's stop."