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Deputies recover stolen oil-field equipment
The ongoing South Texas petrochemical boom has created boundless opportunities for workers and landowners alike. It also has meant new opportunities for thieves, who have been preying upon oil- and natural gas-related jobsites where equipment sometimes is left unattended. Deputies from the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office continue their investigations into some recent incidents.
Marshall Hondo Riley, 37, of Floresville was arrested Oct. 23 and charged with four counts of burglary of a vehicle, theft of property worth more than $1,500 but less than $20,000, and trespassing.
According to sheriff’s Investigator Roland Treviño, deputies Travis Beck and John Muñoz were dispatched to a lot on C.R. 305 between Floresville and Stockdale, on which trailers belonging to Tiger Oilfield Services were parked. Witnesses said they saw a man break into enclosed trailers. The deputies found Riley hiding under a trailer and detained him, but were unable to locate an additional suspect who was last seen driving a white sport-utility vehicle.
The deputies then went to Riley’s residence, where they found a flatbed trailer that was reported stolen Oct. 17. Treviño said they still are looking for a Kawasaki Mule-- valued at $12,165 -- that was on the trailer when it was stolen.
In another incident, deputies recovered a Dodge Ram 3500 flatbed pickup truck that was reported stolen from Bexar County. Deputies traveled to a home on Live Oak Drive, located off C.R. 324 in the Kicaster area of the county. This was after receiving a tip from auto theft investigators in Bexar County that the stolen truck might be there.
Treviño said the Oklahoma plates on the truck actually belonged to a Ford, and that the unattended truck had been stripped of tools and other items. Warrants are being issued by Bexar County officials for two suspects believed to have been involved.
Deputies in a separate incident Oct. 24 recovered an abandoned tandem axle trailer with a generator, which has a total value of approximately $4,000, from a field located off C.R. 235 near Kosciusko. Treviño said the identification numbers on the equipment matched ones on equipment reported stolen Oct. 9 from an EOG Resources jobsite on C.R. 228. Both items have been returned to the company.
Anyone with information related to these investigations is asked to call the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office at 830-393-2535.
Anonymous tips -- which can lead to cash rewards if they result in arrests or in the recovery of stolen property -- can be submitted to Crime Stoppers of Wilson County at 830-393-INFO (4636) or http://bit.ly/NDrIut.
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