TSCRA Special Ranger Toney Hurley, Sulphur Springs Police Det. Bo Fox, Lt. Rusty Stillwagoner and Seagoville Police Department authorities arrested two more suspects Thursday in connection to the theft of All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) from Nortex Tractor in Sulphur Springs, Texas.
The arrests occurred after 7 others were arrested in January 2016 in connection to a suspected theft ring responsible for ATV thefts in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma.
According to Hurley, brothers Christopher Brandon Garcia, 32, of Balch Springs, and Dustin Kyle Garcia, 33, of Mesquite, were arrested at the Seagoville Inn in Seagoville. The men were located after authorities received a tip from an informant who called the Lake County Crime Stoppers.
Both suspects were charged with organized criminal activity and taken to the Hopkins County Jail in Sulphur Springs, where they had bonds set at $400,000 with the condition of ankle monitors.
This is an ongoing investigation and additional arrests are expected. Authorities continue to receive information from multiple jurisdictions on related criminal activities as far as eastern Tennessee.
TSCRA would like to thank the following law enforcement agencies for their continued hard work and diligence during this investigation: Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office, Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office, Forney Police Dept., Dallas Police Dept., Seagoville Police Dept., Mesquite Police Dept., River Oaks Police Dept., Lindale Police Dept., Longview Police Dept., Athens Police Dept., Mabank Police Dept., Texas Dept. of Public Safety (DPS) – Criminal Investigations Dept., TxDPS Texas Rangers, Tuttle Police Dept., Bryan County Sheriff’s Office, Muskogee Police Dept., Bossier Parish Police Dept., Bossier City Police Dept., Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office and Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office.
“We are continuing to work hand-in-hand with law enforcement authorities on this investigation and are glad to have two more thieves arrested,” said Hurley. “This theft ring primarily targeted dealerships – not individuals. However, this serves as an important reminder for everyone to lock-up equipment and report suspicious activity to local law authorities.”