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San Augustine Co. Sheriff's Office arrests 3rd suspect in oil field theft ring

Jeremy Sowell (Source: San Augustine County Jail) Jeremy Sowell (Source: San Augustine County Jail)
Joshua Bearden (Source: San Augustine County Jail) Joshua Bearden (Source: San Augustine County Jail)
Roy Marshall (Angelina County Jail) Roy Marshall (Angelina County Jail)

San Augustine County Sheriff's deputies arrested a third suspect in a string of oil field thefts Monday night.

Jeremy Bradford Sowell, 21, is still being held at the San Augustine County Jail on two state-jail felony charges - theft between $1,500 and $20,000 and engaging in organized criminal activity. His bail has been set at $100,000

Chief Deputy Gary Cunningham with the San Augustine County Sheriff's Office said that his deputies acted on a tip and arrested Sowell at a residence in the county Monday night. He said the investigation is still ongoing and that more arrests could be pending.

In a previous East Texas News story, Deputy Tammy Fountain with the San Augustine County Sheriff's Office said that a group of suspects have been hitting oil and gas drill sites all over San Augustine County. Fountain said, all total, eight companies have had their sites targeted, and each company has had multiple sites hit by the suspects.

"As many as 40 oil and gas sites have been targeted in San Augustine County," said Cunningham.

He said several hundred gallons of oil and numerous batteries have already been recovered.

Cunningham said the estimated combined value of the items stolen from the various oil and drill sites is $26,000.

Roy Marshall, 37, of San Augustine, was arrested in Angelina County Saturday, and charged with state-jail felony theft and engaging in organized criminal activity. The arrest was confirmed by Texas Parks & Wildlife Game Warden Phillip Wood, but he did not know the exact details behind the arrest. Marshall was later transferred to the San Augustine County Jail.

On Dec. 12, Joshua Bearden, 25, of San Augustine was arrested by the San Augustine Co. Sheriff's Office. Bearden was charged with theft between $1,500 and $20,000 as well as engaging in organized criminal activity. He has since been released from jail, Cunningham said.

Cunningham said the fourth person the SACSO obtained an arrest warrant for in connection to the alleged thefts, Russell Dale, Smith, was brought into the sheriff's office for questioning. The chief deputy said that they determined that Smith's involvement in the alleged thefts was “minimal,” so they released him.

Cunningham said they are still looking at the possibly of other subjects and additional locations in surrounding counties.

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