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5 trucks stolen from Livingston car lot
Polk County Enterprise - October 2009
BY MARTHA CHARREY
Special to the Enterprise
SHEPHERD – Acting on information from an informant, San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Deputies executed a search warrant Wednesday at a residence in the Shepherd area that resulted in the recovery of five pick-up trucks stolen from Moore Auto Sales in Livingston Tuesday. Two stolen motorcycles and a small portable methamphetamine lab also were found at the residence.. According to San Jacinto County Sheriff James Walters, four adults and one juvenile have been arrested with more arrests expected. The 16-year-old juvenile from New Caney was released to his parents Wednesday night. Taken into custody and charged with possession of stolen property and possession of a controlled substance were Ricky Elidan Everett, Karen Pittman, William Cheerne and Robert Cook, all of Shepherd.
The arrests were made at Everett’s residence, according to Walters. Assisting the sheriff’s department at the scene were Livingston Police Department Lt. Matt Parrish, San Jacinto County Pct. 2 Constable Tom Yates and San Jacinto County Criminal District Attorney Bill Burnett and Chief Investigator Van Loggins. “A Department of Public Safety helicopter was brought in to fly over the area during the recovery process,” Walters said. “The Methamphetamine Initiative Group (MIG) from Houston was called to assist with the methamphetamine lab,” he added. Burnett said he and Loggins were called to the scene about 10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, after an informant contacted a deputy about five pick-up trucks stolen during the night from Moore Auto Sales Tuesday, Sept. 29. “Everett rents a mobile home on Stringtown Road near Shepherd. The owner of the property, who resides next door, informed authorities that he witnessed some vehicles being driven back into the woods,” Burnett said. “Following the execution of a search warrant at the scene, a portable methamphetamine lab was recovered as well as the stolen pick-up trucks and two motorcycles,” Burnett said.
“One motorcycle was found to be stolen out of Montgomery County and the other out of Harris County. One was found inside the mobile home in a bedroom and the other behind the mobile home.” Burnett added, “We know all five trucks were driven off the lot at the same time so we know at least five people are involved.” Livingston Police processed the trucks yesterday, Oct. 1, for fingerprints in an attempt to identify others involved. “We are getting together the retail value of all the vehicles before determining if the first or second degree burglary will be charged on the suspects,” Burnett said. The investigation is ongoing and more warrants are pending, according to authorities.