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Deputies get three auto theft reports in past week
Deputies from the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office report a recent increase in auto thefts, with at least three occurring in the past week.
Sheriff’s Investigator Roland Treviño said Deputy Jeff Dugi responded at 8:42 a.m. June 11 to a home on C.R. 321 outside La Vernia, after the owner of a 1940 Ford pickup truck reported the vehicle stolen from a garage. The truck is described as red in color with a polished aluminum diamond plate flatbed.
The truck’s owner reported last seeing his vehicle parked in the garage the night before. Deputies found footprints around the garage and tire prints from a dually pickup truck leading up to the structure. The owner told deputies that he saw an older model Chevrolet tow truck being driven around the area the day before, but thought nothing of it because payments on the vehicle’s loan were up-to-date.
Deputy Travis Beck responded at 9 a.m. June 16 to Bentwood Drive north of Floresville, after the owner of a black 2005 Ford Excursion reported her vehicle was stolen. The vehicle, which has an estimated value of $20,000, has a 3- to 4-inch body lift and 35-inch mud tires.
Deputies believe the Excursion’s theft could be linked to a May 6 incident in which the owner’s purse was stolen in San Antonio. Inside the purse was a set of keys belonging to the sport-utility vehicle (SUV), along with the owner’s wallet containing her identification and Social Security card.
A few hours before the incident was reported, Treviño said Deputy Toribio “Toby” Garcia was dispatched to nearby Spanish Oaks, after someone reported at 4:47 a.m. seeing a suspicious vehicle. The deputy was unable to locate the vehicle, which was described as a dark blue SUV.
Deputies also received a third report of a stolen vehicle June 18. Details were unavailable as of press time that day.
Anyone with information about these incidents is urged to call the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office at 830-393-2535 or Crime Stoppers of Wilson County at 830-933-INFO (4636).
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