Over the past month Wise County Sheriff’s Office investigators have recovered approximately $1 million worth of stolen property, busted a possible methamphetamine lab and arrested 10 people in cases throughout Wise as well as Parker and Jack counties.
Stolen items included vehicles, aluminum wire, tractors, guns, computers, oilfield equipment, lawn mowers and trailers. More than 430 grams of methamphetamine, along with chemicals to produce meth, have been seized in the arrests.
“It all started with an arrest back in January,” said Wise County Sheriff David Walker. “Our investigators made an arrest and the suspects started spilling their guts. That led to warrants and more arrests.
“It’s all about striking while the iron is hot,” he added. “If you wait for it to get cold you might never find them.
Walker said he hoped the arrests will have a real impact on crime in Wise County.
“The investigators have done and continue to do an amazing job on these theft and drug cases. We hope the success we have will filter down to our regional thieves, and they will no longer target Wise County,” he said. “The troops have put in many hours on these cases … I am proud of the teamwork we have within the department and the relationships we have with other area law enforcement agencies.”
The most recent warrant served was on Wednesday in Paradise. When officers entered a home in the 700 block of County Road 365, they discovered stolen firearms, a trailer and a tire-changing machine along with more than 300 grams of methamphetamine.
Jennifer Carrell, 34, and Jennifer Arrant, 36, were both arrested at the scene and charged with possession of a controlled substance. Arrant was also charged with two counts of endangering a child and tampering with evidence.
A warrant served on Feb. 24 in the 100 block of County Road 3382 recovered stolen oilfield equipment, lawn mowers, trailers, generators and a John Deere tractor valued at $150,000. Rodney Hurdsman, 45, of Roanoke was arrested and charged with two counts of felony theft.
Walker said local merchants helped officers track down where some of the stolen goods came from.
When investigators served a warrant at a home in the 100 block of County Road 3791 on Feb. 14, they discovered items related to 15 theft cases.
William W. Cox, 50, of Paradise and Tad Z. Sawyer, 18, of Boyd, were both arrested in connection with those thefts. The same day, a huge cache of stolen items including a golf cart, welder and a trailer, were located in Jack County.
On Feb. 11, a man and woman were arrested at a home in the 100 block of Beachview in Runaway Bay. Officers found 100 grams of meth as well as large amount of chemicals used to manufacture meth. They also found a large spool of stolen aluminum.
David K. Smith, 52, of Runaway Bay and Bobbi J. Hill, 48, of Bowie were arrested at the scene.
Other theft arrests included Albert Silough, of Rhome, who was charged with theft and possession of a dangerous drug. Randy Nabors, 42, of Bridgeport and Michelle Combs, 37, of Bridgeport, were both charged with theft.
“Our investigators take it personally when people in their community are victims of theft,” Walker said. “That’s why they work so hard and put in so many hours to recover it.”
Investigators James Mayo, Mike Neagle, Clint Caddell and Chad Lanier worked on the above cases. More charges are pending in some of the cases, and related arrests are soon expected in Parker County.