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July 10, 2014

Drug arrest leads to major stolen property find

Corsicana — A traffic stop on a suspicious vehicle by an off-duty Navarro County Sheriff’s Office detective sergeant has led to the recovery of thousands of dollars of property believed to be stolen.

Navarro County Sheriff Elmer Tanner said the efforts of Det. Sgt. Jason Earles started with a pair of drug arrests Wednesday and ended with the recovery of the stolen goods Thursday.

Earles was off duty when he spotted the suspect pickup truck parked on the side of the road on SWCR 1100 near Corbet about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Tanner said Earles encountered the truck’s driver, a 30-year-old Corsicana man, and found him to be in possession of methamphetamine, prescription drugs and marijuana, and placed him under arrest.

While Earles was conducting his investigation of the scene, a 35-year-old Corsicana woman with suspected ties to the male subject came to the arrest site. She was arrested on an outstanding speeding warrant, and later found to be in possession of five grams of methamphetamine when she was searched at the jail, Tanner said.

Then Earles turned his attention to several items found in the suspect’s truck — including compressors, welders and generators — and had it towed to the sheriff’s office. Tanner also issued a social media appeal for residents in the area who may have unknowingly been the victims of a burglary.

Subsequent investigation led detectives to property in Oak Valley and a large find of more equipment, also believed to be stolen.

“They have located numerous items of stolen property including trailers, riding lawn mowers and numerous other items,” Tanner said.

The items are believed to have been taken in burglaries in Corsicana and Navarro County, as well as in Palestine, Tanner said. Corsicana Police detectives joined sheriff’s deputies to go through the recovered property Thursday afternoon.

Tanner said detectives have been contacting area merchants in connection with the find as well, since many of the items are unused.

“Some of the serial numbers have not been entered as stolen, so we’re having to do a lot of leg work to track them down,” Tanner said. “Most of this stuff is brand new.”

Tanner said its possible the rightful owners of some of the items recovered may not even realize the merchandise is missing, which prompted his social media appeal via the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page Wednesday night. He urged those with questions or concerns to contact Earles at 903-654-3002.

The male suspect arrested was charged with manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance over four grams/under 200 grams, possession of a controlled substance under 28 grams, and possession of marijuana under two ounces. The female arrested was charged with manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance over four grams/under 200 grams, tampering with physical evidence, and for outstanding speeding warrants. They had not been arraigned as of press time Thursday.

Tanner said the investigation is continuing and additional charges are possible in connection with the stolen merchandise.


Bob Belcher may be reached by email at

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