Affidavit: Hemphill woman stole more than $10K worth of property from tenants

Affidavit: Hemphill woman stole more than $10K worth of property from tenants

SABINE COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Sabine County Sheriff's Office arrested a 55-year-old woman on a felony theft charge in connection to allegations that she went into a rental property in December of 2016 and stole an estimated $10,000 worth of property.

The alleged stolen property included a wedding ring, a knife, a drill, boxes of several different types of ammunition, a contract and receipt book, a checkbook, and bucket of change and cash that contained about $60.

Linda Smith Sepulvado, of Hemphill, is still being held in the Sabine County jail on a state-jail felony theft between $2,500 and $30,000 charge. Her bail amount has been set at $3,000.

According to the arrest affidavit East Texas news obtained Wednesday, the alleged victim in the case went to the Sheriff's Office in Hemphill on Dec. 15, 2016 to file a theft report. She said Sepulvado entered her home in the 300 block of Forest Drive and committed burglary.

The woman told the SCSO deputy that took the report that she and her husband were in a rent-to own contract with Sepulvado for the house. The alleged victim told the deputy that they found out the contract is invalid because Sepulvado had a lien on it, and her children were the ones that needed to sign it.

According to the affidavit, the woman told the SCSO deputy that Sepulvado and her boyfriend entered the home without their permission on Dec. 11 and stole some property with an estimated valued of more than $10,000.

She also provided a list of the items they believe were stolen, the affidavit stated.

The items include:

  • Wedding ring valued at $5,349
  • Boker knife valued at $350
  • Craftsman drill and battery valued at $120
  • 200 rounds of full metal jacket 9 mm ammunition valued at $50
  • 2,225 rounds of hollow point 9 mm ammunition valued at $40
  • 200 rounds of .22-caliber long rifle ammunition valued at $100
  • Two boxes of 30-30 ammunition valued at $45
  • Three boxes of .3006 ammunition valued at $60
  • 200 rounds of .223-caliber ammunition valued at $103
  • 2,125 rounds of .380-caliber ammunition at $60
  • 25 rounds of 12-gauge buckshot ammunition valued at $40
  • Contract and receipt book
  • Checkbook
  • Bucket of change and bills with about $60.

The woman told the deputy that her neighbors witnessed Sepulvado taking items from the victim's home, the affidavit stated. She also said that Sepulvado denied ever going into the house or having any of the victim's property.

However, the woman told the SCSO deputy that Sepulvado's boyfriend told her that they did go into the house and take the property, the affidavit stated. The victim said the man told her that Sepulvado threw everything that was taken into a garbage bag and then he put it in a tote and put it in their pickup.

Later, the woman provided the Sabine County Sheriff's Office with a video of her and her husband confronting Sepulvado's boyfriend about the stolen items, the affidavit stated. In the video, the couple tells Sepulvado's boyfriend that they knew they were in the house. Sepulvado's boyfriend then says they were there to take pictures and denies taking anything, the affidavit stated.

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