Sheriff’s officers recover thousands in stolen property, make two arrests
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Nov. 14, 2006 - So far this week, Hopkins County sheriff's officers have recovered a stolen Chevrolet Suburban, $10,000 worth of stolen property, made two arrests and were following up on leads which are expected to yield more missing property and arrests.

Deputy Tanner Crump picked up Donald James "D.J." Farris, 19, at his Saltillo residence Monday afternoon at about 3:30 for questioning in connection with a trailer burglary and theft of saddles and other items. During questioning by Investigator Lewis Tatum, Farris confessed to breaking into the County Road 4131 trailer in Cumby earlier this month and stealing the saddles and other items. Sheriff's reports indicate tools, radios and a chair were also among the items reported stolen. All of the missing property was recovered, according to Tatum.

Farris was arrested for burglary of a habitation, a second degree felony offense. He was released from jail later Monday after securing a $20,000 bond.

Early Sunday morning, Jeffery Don Rudd, 26, of Lone Oak contacted Tatum after learning the investigator had been looking for him and another man for questioning in connection wtih a County Road 1163 theft in Brashear on Wednesday. He was charged with felony theft after confessing to taking the trailer and welder, as well as other items from the property.

Rudd assisted sheriff's officers in locating and recovering all of the stolen property. He was released from the county jail later Sunday on bond. A second suspect is still wanted in connection with the CR 1163 burglary.

Investigators also recovered a four wheeler from a Greenville residence, reported stolen from the Cumby area in the last week, as well as a brand new Suburban stolen from a Sulphur Bluff ranch earlier this month. 

Sheriff's officers do not believe the cases are connected, but are attempting to locate one suspect in connection with the each of the stolen vehicles. Officers are also following up on leads and think they are close to solving another Cumby break-in as well as several other area thefts.

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