A 36-year-old man from Bryan had a second home in Alvord – an 11-acre tract of land where he had several trailers, tractors, Gators and more than 1,300 gallons of diesel fuel.
And according to law enforcement officers, all of it – even his home – was stolen.
Tony Paulini has been charged with four felonies after investigators discovered approximately $218,000 in stolen goods last Thursday on his land in the 900 block of County Road 1380.
The Wise County Sheriff’s Office, working with Department of Public Safety Narcotics, a federal agent with U.S. Forestry Service and members of the Tarrant County Auto Theft Task Force, recently executed a search warrant at the property.
They recovered three trailers, three John Deere tractors, five John Deere Gators, 1,300 gallons of diesel fuel and a 34-foot-long travel trailer that Paulini was using as a second home.
“It was good old-fashioned police work,” said Wise County Sheriff David Walker of the haul. “I bet he was surprised when he showed up and everything was gone.”
The property was allegedly stolen from people and businesses in Wise, Harris, Denton, Cooke, Brazos, Johnson and Montague counties, and from at least one location in Louisiana.
Charges include one count of theft of property more than $100,000, one count of theft of property more than $20,000 and two counts of violation of motor fuel tax requirements.
Paulini was arrested Monday, June 10, and remains in Wise County Jail under $70,000 in bonds.
Investigators expect at least one more arrest to be made in the case.