Two arrested after being found in stolen truck

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

May 1, 2007 - Texas Department of Public Safety troopers took a man and woman into custody Monday after finding them in a vehicle reported stolen in Arkansas Sunday. Area auto task force investigators are looking into the theft.

Sharon Kay Bean, 51, of Forney and James Earl Ruyle, 39, of Ladonia were being held in the county jail Tuesday morning on first-degree felony theft of property charges.

DPS Troopers Ken Adams and David Reynolds stopped Bean at 10:24 a.m. Monday on State Highway 19 near Birthright for a routine duty inspection of the Peterbilt truck she was driving.

While conducting an interview with the driver, Adams noticed the dash of the truck had been tampered with. He could see bare wires tied together. Adams also noticed the vent window on the passenger side door had been knocked out, and the commercial vehicle inspections were removed. 

Bean had "no knowledge of the truck tractor’s items" which needed to be inspected, nor how to operate them. She also didn’t have a commercial driver’s license.

A computer check on the registration showed it to have been stolen out of Mena, Ark., on April 29.

Both Bean and Ruyle were arrested for the theft. Ruyle initially identified himself to troopers as Barry Edward Howard but later confessed to being James Earl Ruyle.

Ruyle is also being held on warrants for a Kaufman County tampering with identifying numbers charge, as well as violation of parole, a Collin County larceny charge and a Logan County, Ark., felony theft by receiving charge.

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