Teamwork Leads to Cracking Multi-County Theft-RingsFeatured Stories, News Thursday, February 7th, 2013
Old-fashioned teamwork made by local law agencies has led to the biggest theft ring discovery that Madison County Sheriff Travis Neeley has seen in a long time.
Neeley says they’re getting more information, finding more leads, and have recovered more than $100,000 of stolen property that includes ATVs, trucks, trailers, and equipment, almost every day since the group began meeting and sharing notes over coffee a little more than a month ago.
He says the team includes the Bryan and College Station police departments, the Brazos County, Madison County, Grimes County, and Robertson County sheriff’s offices, Navasota PD, Montgomery County Auto Theft Division, and detectives out of the Waller county Sheriff’s office.
Neeley says they’ve discovered several rings and made three arrests, with more possible, out of Madison, Brazos, Grimes, and Waller counties.
Even so, he warns that thieves are looking for quick grabs.
He says they’re scouting during the day time for ATVs, powers tools, trailers, and anything that can be grabbed, loaded, and gone in a matter of minutes.
Isolated rural properties, especially weekend areas, are particularly vulnerable.
Neeley says locks and barns don’t stop thieves because they’ve got all night to work, so be observant, watch out for your neighbor, and record serial numbers and descriptions of any items that you have.
He says without serial numbers, recovery is almost impossible.
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