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County, city investigation leads to stolen items
Trinity Standard - February 2009
TRINITY – One man was in custody Monday and number of stolen items was recovered following a joint investigation by the Trinity County Sheriff’s Department and the Trinity Police Department.
Frank Drone of Trinity was being held on charges of possession of stolen items after officers found stolen items ranging from a shotgun to fishing equipment at his residence Monday afternoon.
Drone was being held Tuesday in the Trinity County Jail in Groveton and was scheduled to appear before a magistrate Tuesday afternoon for a bond hearing.
Items identified as stolen that were recovered included a 410 shotgun, fishing poles, a chain saw, a boat motor, two trolling motors and a number of tackle boxes.
All were found at Drone’s residence located in Joe’s Trailer Park off Parker Street in Trinity.
“We have an ongoing investigation that is seeking to recover even more stolen property and we would appreciate any information or tips that the public can give us,” said Trinity County Sheriff Ralph Montemayor following the arrest.
According to investigators, the events leading up to the arrest and recovery of the stolen items began on Tuesday, Feb. 24, with the arrest of Patrick Morris of Trinity on felony theft charges.
Morris was being held in the Trinity City Jail Tuesday morning but was scheduled to be transferred to the county jail in Groveton.
According to Sgt. Thomas Park of the Trinity Police Department, Drone was arrested by Police Chief Steven Jones in the northern Milltown area of Trinity when he was found to be in possession of a stolen four-wheeler and a stolen generator.
At the time of his arrest, he was out on bond after being charged by the sheriff’s department with theft in connection with stolen boat trailer.
Following Morris’ arrest, police officers went to the Drone residence off Parker Street to talk to another resident and while there spotted a razor blade coated with a white power which they suspected to be cocaine.
The blade with the power was confiscated and forwarded to a Texas Department of Public Safety laboratory for analysis. Drug possession charges were pending against up to four suspects based on the results of those tests.
On Monday, officers with both the sheriff and police departments returned to the Parker Street residence to follow up on additional information and tips they had each received regarding the location of stolen merchandise.
After they did located items listed as being stolen, they took Drone into custody.
“We are looking for some additional four-wheelers, guns and even a boat that have been stolen recently and we would appreciate any information that we can receive,” the sheriff added.
Anyone who has purchased such items is asked to contact the Trinity County Sheriff’s Department at 642-1424, the Trinity Police Department at 594-2505 or Trinity County Crime Stoppers, Inc. at 642-2334.