2 arrests made in diesel fuel thefts, officers work to secure warrants in 2 unrelated burlgaries

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

June 17, 2008 - Sheriff's officers arrested two men for theft of diesel fuel and were working to secure warrants for at least three other suspect in two unrelated building burglaries.

Bobby John "Bo" Dixon Jr., 24, and Kellen Warren Tramel, 25, both of Sulphur Springs, were arrested early Monday morning for felony theft. Tramel was also served with a warrant for violation of probation, which he was on for tampering with physical evidence. Bond was set at $5,000 for the theft charge. Dixon was released later Monday. Tramel was denied bond on the warrant, and remained in custody Tuesday morning, according to jail reports.

The pair was stopped at 3:48 a.m. Monday by Hopkins County Sheriff's Deputy Paul Fenimore on State Highway 11 at FM 1870 for committing a traffic violation in a single cab Dodge Ram 250 with a long bed. The driver was identified as Kellen Tramel, the passenger Bobby Bo Dixon.

When talking to Fenimore, Tramel and Dixon were noted to be extremely nervous and gave conflicting stories, which roused the deputy's suspicions. Fenimore then checked the vehicle, locating a large water tank he noted was about half full of what was believed to be farm diesel in the bed of the truck.

Later when officials talked to the individuals, the pair admitted the diesel they were in possession of had been stolen from the nearby coal mine. Both Tramel and Dixon were arrested for theft of more than $1,500 worth fuel.

Sheriff's investigators believe the pair made more than one trip to the coal mine overnight Sunday, siphoning varying amounts of diesel from equipment at the mine, hence the large quantity of fuel in their possession, according to HCSO Chief Investigator Toney Hurley.

The case of fuel theft from the coal mine, is just one of several fuel thefts reported to sheriff's office this year. The cases have increased in frequency along with rises in fuel costs.

Also Monday, in an unrelated case, sheriff's deputies received information that resulted in the location and recovery of burglary from two Como locations earlier this year. In one instance, tools were stolen from a building and in another meat was stolen.

Hurley and investigators Jace Anglin and Lewis Tatum, following up on tips began talking to people. They located some of the stolen property. They were working Tuesday morning in an attempt to obtain warrants for at least three suspected implicated in connection with the thefts, according to Hurley.

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