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Shelby Co. Sheriff's investigators seeking public's help in finding 3rd suspect in cattle panel theft

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Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Office Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Office
James Melvin Fleming (Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Office) James Melvin Fleming (Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Office)
James Cody Fleming (Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Office) James Cody Fleming (Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Office)
Brandon Loftin (Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Office) Brandon Loftin (Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Office)

Investigators with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office are seeking the public's help in finding the third of three suspects who allegedly cut a fence at a property on County Road 3252 near Joaquin and stole a number of cattle panels on Monday.

According to a press release, Justice of the Peace Eaves arraigned the two men that have already been arrested in connection to the alleged theft.

James Cody Fleming was charged with third-degree felony theft and state-jail felony criminal mischief, and his bail was set at $8,000. James Melvin Fleming was charged with third-degree felony theft, and his bail was set at $3,000.

Brandon Joe Loftin, another suspect in the case, has not been arrested at this time.

"The investigation into this case is ongoing, and there are other persons of interest," the press release stated.

Shelby County Sheriff's investigators met with the complainant on May 5 and took a report about a criminal mischief and theft incident that occurred on his property near Joaquin. The man told the investigators that a suspect or suspects cut his fence and stole several cattle panels from his pasture.

"During the course of the investigation, Investigators DJ Dickerson and Kevin Windham recovered 10 cattle panels in Garrison, Texas and 4 cattle panels in Timpson, Texas that the suspect(s) had sold," the press release stated. "Upon recovering the cattle panels, Investigators confirmed the stolen panels as being the ones stolen from [the complainant]."

Center Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information. Anyone who has information regarding this crime should call Center Crime Stoppers at 936-598-SAFE (7233) or submit a tip online at www.centercrimestoppers.com. Tipsters don't have to give their names.

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