Cumby couple charged in theft of three vehicles from Sulphur Springs dealership

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

June 3, 2008 - A Cumby couple was jailed Monday afternoon on felony charges of theft of vehicles stolen from a local auto dealership.

The vehicles were returned by sheriff's officers to the dealership after being found Saturday in a pasture.

Brigitte Marie Joseph Slaton, 47, and Eddy Quinn Slaton, 51, were taken into custody at 3:55 p.m. Monday by Cumby Police Officer Charles Herford and Sulphur Springs Police Officer Mike Morgan on County Road 4724 at County Road 4732, each on three theft of property warrants. The two were seen walking toward a gate to the property when they were arrested, according to reports.

The Slatons, who are husband and wife, are alleged on March 11 to have written three checks on an account they knew was closed as payment for the three vehicles, valued at $49,000 by the College Street dealership.

The owner of the dealership contacted sheriff's deputies after the bank returned the checks, according to sheriff's investigators.

Sheriff's Investigator Lewis Tatum, deputy Heath Guy and a member of the Sheriff's Posse, acting on information received regarding the possible location of the car, went to Cumby. They

found the three vehicles in a pasture just north of Cumby Saturday. A records check matched the three automobiles to those entered into the stolen vehicle data base. The officers drove the cars back to Sulphur Springs Saturday, noting one to have a small amount of damage, according to Tatum.

The case was turned over Monday morning to the district attorney's office. A warrant was obtained for the Slatons' arrest on three charges of theft of property by check. They remained in the county jail shortly before lunch Monday in lieu of $15,000 bond per charge.

Sheriff's officers are still investigating the pair and noted more charges could be forthcoming against the husband and wife pending the outcome of inquiries into other suspected offenses, Tatum said.

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