Sheriff’s detectives have recovered more than $52,000 worth of property stolen from Northwestern Lamar County homes, Sheriff Scott Cass announced today.
On June 15, sheriff’s deputies were called to a reported theft in which a homeowner reported his 2017 Ford F-150 pickup, a 2009 Polaris side-by-side, a small utility trailer and a 20-foot car hauler trailer were taken. The homeowner also told deputies his .22-caliber pistol was inside the pickup.
Cass said his detectives identified two juvenile suspects that same day as a result of their investigation. Working with a Northeast Texas auto theft detective, the detectives identified two residences in the northeastern part of the county where they later recovered $52,000 worth of suspected stolen property.
A few days later, Cass said, detectives recovered the pistol and identified a third adult male suspect, identified as Colton Blake Hicks, 17. Hicks is charged with theft of property greater than $2,500, a state jail felony, Cass said. Jail records show Hicks was arrested Wednesday on the theft charge and was released Thursday on $4,000 bond. A theft of a firearm charge was added on Friday.
Cass said his detectives obtained two Directives for Apprehension from the Lamar County Juvenile Authority for the male juvenile suspects. Both were taken to a detention facility in Denison at the time of arrest.
“I commend the sheriff deputies and detectives that worked on this theft and quickly recovered the stolen property,” Cass said. “The stolen firearm was located a few days later, keeping it off our streets and placed back in the hands of its rightful owner.
“I appreciate our citizen involvement that is crucial in case investigations. Our citizens are our eyes and ears in many circumstances, and information given can lead to a case being solved quickly.”
Anyone with information on this crime or any other crime are encouraged to call local law enforcement or Crime Stoppers at 903-785-TIPS.