If the past week's crime reports from the Houston County Sheriff's Office are any indication, outdoor equipment is a hot commodity this spring. The good news for area residents is that the HCSO is recovering stolen property, quickly solving cases and making arrests.
The HCSO arrested one suspect and anticipates arresting others in connection with the theft of a cattle trailer and a Harley Davidson motorcycle, according to Chief Deputy G.P. Shearer.
While assisting with an investigation of a portable cattle pen trailer reported stolen from Freestone County, the Houston County Sheriff's Office located the trailer and arrested Mitch Fogle, 42, for his alleged connection to the theft.
Shearer reported that the HCSO's role in the investigation began on Feb. 26 when investigators received information that the stolen trailer had been been brought to the Latexo area.
According to Shearer, investigators located the trailer hidden in a wooded area near Pipeline Road on Feb. 27.
Through the investigation, the trailer was linked to Fogle, Shearer alleged.
The investigators additionally recovered a Harley Davidson motorcycle that was determined to be stolen from Dallas, Shearer reported. He alleged the Harley Davidson also was linked to Fogle.
On March 1, the HCSO arrested Fogle and charged him with Unlawful Carrying a Weapon, a Class A Misdemeanor charge.
On March 7, Fogle was charged with the following additional crimes: Theft of Property, >= $1,500 <$20,0000, a State Jail Felony; and two charges of Tampering With/Fabricating Physical Evidence, a Third Degree Felony.
Hiding stolen property in the woods constitutes tampering with evidence.
Shearer further stated, "Houston County Sheriff's Office is diligently working this case and other suspects have been identified and charges are forthcoming relating to this case."
Constable Pct. 2 Kenneth "Red" Smith also assisted in the recovery of the trailer.