Police recover stolen vehicle

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, December 9, 2017
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Investigators were able to track down a stolen vehicle within hours of it being taken Tuesday, thanks to the vehicle’s tracking system.

Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said someone broke into Sandford Oil on U.S. Business 81/287 in Decatur in the early morning hours Tuesday and stole an employee’s personal pickup truck.

Using the truck’s global positioning system (GPS), investigators were able to track the vehicle to the Chico area.

“We recovered the truck in a barn where they were stripping it for parts,” Hoskins said.

The building’s owner had given officers permission to search the building, and they found Michael Hothouse, 35, of Bridgeport asleep inside.

Hothouse was arrested around 9 a.m. for burglary of a building and theft of property $2,500-$30,000. He was released from the Wise County Jail Wednesday after posting $35,000 bond.

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