Nacogdoches County burglary ring leads to multiple arrests

For the last two days Precinct 4, Nacogdoches County Constable Jason Bridges and his deputies have been arresting, booking inmates and returning stolen property.

"We're looking at a total of 15 offenses, 10 thefts, 4 burglaries of a building and 1 burglary of a home that we have cleared out of this," said Bridges. "We do believe there is more."

The month long investigation recovered stolen items taken from homes and property in Woden, Etoile, Shady Grove and Melrose.

Initially six adults have been arrested. There are warrants for four others. They were mentoring a juvenile, who is also facing theft charges. A witness helps build a strong case.

"It's a state version of a conspiracy case, engaging in organized criminal activity which is a felony offense," explained Bridges.

Electronics, guns, machinery and tools attracted the thieves. "A lot of copper taken. Those items were sold at the scrap yard," said Bridges.

Connections were taken off of property where gas rig storage sites. Copper was also ripped from poultry houses.

"They may steal $2,000 worth of copper, but cutting in those lines and the damage that's done is ten times that amount," said Bridges.

All the thieves except for one are from Nacogdoches county. They stole from property and people in their neck of the woods. Luckily, 90 percent of the items were recovered. Some suspects are cooperating and providing information as to where they sold stolen items.

An A-T-v, saddle, and a boat were among the recovered stolen property recovered. Marijuana was found at two locations where search warrants were issued.

Victims are pleased the ring is busted up, but don't take lightly to people coming onto their property to steal.

"There's a lot of things I would like in life, but if I got to steal it, I'll never have it. There's nothing worse than a thief," said Billy Ray Butler, a victim.

Law enforcement will agree. That's why they're still hitting the back roads looking for more suspects.

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