A motor vehicle crash led authorities to a trail of information that ultimately led them to recover several firearms, a safe and numerous collector's coins, all property stolen earlier this month in a residential burglary in the Pickton area.
Staff Photo By Faith Huffman
Winnsboro man, 22, charged in Pickton burglary
Warrants sought on four others implicated in thefts
By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor
June 23, 2008 - A 22-year-old Winnsboro man was jailed Friday for a home burglary reported in the Pickton area earlier this month.
Sheriff's investigators are seeking warrants for four other suspects also tied to the theft of six guns, a home safe and numerous collector's coins from the Pickton home.
Winnsboro police arrested Timothy Dwayne Vaughn Friday on the second-degree felony burglary of a habitation charge and released him to Hopkins County deputies that afternoon. He was arraigned, then released from jail on bond Saturday.
The warrant for Vaughn's arrest was obtained following a motor vehicle crash Friday morning. Vaughn reportedly fled from state troopers after wrecking the vehicle. Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Joe Hogue began an investigation. Two guns recovered from the crash scene were discovered to be among the firearms reported to sheriff's deputies as stolen from the residence east of Pickton earlier this month.
With further investigation Friday, sheriff's investigators received information of at least three locations in the Winnsboro area where stolen items might be located.
On Saturday, Hopkins County sheriff's investigators went to a State Highway 37 creek where the stolen safe was retrieved after it was found submerged in the water. Officers, following up on information about other items and working in collaboration with Wood County authorities, located the coins southeast of Winnsboro. Four long guns were found in the trunk of an old car in a pasture. Some stolen items were found wrapped in linens taken from the victim's residence. The items were taken as evidence.
By this morning, Hopkins County Sheriff's investigators had received what they believed to be sufficient information to implicate four others in connection with the home burglary, and are seeking warrants for their arrests.