McKinney man, 48, charged with receiving compensation for items he reported stolen

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram Crime Reporter

Feb. 1, 2008 - A McKinney man has been arrested on two felony warrants on charges related to the recovery of items on his property for which he received insurance compensation, as well as $145,000 in heavy equipment reported stolen in Oklahoma.

Michael Curtis Ramsey, 48, was arrested by Collin County authorities and picked up by Hopkins County sheriff's deputies Thursday afternoon on third-degree felony warrants for theft and tampering with government documents.

The offenses are alleged to have occurred May 5, 2006, according to sheriff's reports.

Investigators with Hopkins County Sheriff's Office and Northeast Texas Auto Task Force became involved in the case after a Special Crimes Unit investigator reported a tip of what was thought to be stolen property on County Road 3528 Friday afternoon.

The investigators went to the property and found $105,000 worth of farm and construction equipment, which was determined to have been stolen in Oklahoma over the course of the last two years.

Continued investigation led to a building on County Road 1170, where a $40,000 skid loader which had also been reported stolen in Oklahoma in June of 2006 was found. The items were also said to be tied to Ramsey.

Earlier this week, the sheriff's and auto task force investigators recovered another $40,000 worth of property reported stolen from County Road 3528. According to investigators, Ramsey had reported the items stolen to Hunt County authorities and had collected insurance funds for the items, which were at the far end of his CR 3528 property.

The investigators presented the evidence regarding the cases, and have obtained two warrants for the suspect's arrest in connection with the thefts and falsely stolen equipment. Ramsey was apprehended in Collin County Thursday.

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