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Tom Green County Sheriff's Office investigators recover stolen vehicles, firearms

Eleven stolen vehicles, one stolen utility trailer and stolen firearms were seized, along with more vehicles believed to be stolen.
Credit: TGCSO

TOM GREEN COUNTY, Texas — A 25-year-old Grape Creek man is in the Tom Green County Jail after Tom Green County Sheriff's Office investigators found stolen vehicles and firearms while serving evidentiary search warrants.

According to a press release from the TGCSO, on Wednesday, Jan. 27, investigators Office executed the two evidentiary search warrants in northern Tom Green County.

The search warrants resulted in the recovery of 11 stolen vehicles, one stolen utility trailer, and several stolen weapons. Numerous other vehicles were seized and are also believed to be stolen.

Many of the vehicles determined to be stolen were taken from public parking lots or adjacent to public roadways after being abandoned because of mechanical failures or other reasons, leaving many of the vehicle owners to believe their vehicle had been towed by law enforcement or private entities.

The sheriff's office said in the release it encourages anyone who believes their vehicle may have been subject to this auto theft ring to contact the TGCSO at 325-655-8111.

As a result of this investigation, James Porter was arrested on a warrant for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Additional arrests and charges are forthcoming from this investigation.

The Tom Green County Sheriff's Office was assisted by Customs and Border Protection Air; the Texas Department of Public Safety's Criminal Investigations Department; and the Texas Rangers.

Credit: Tom Green County Jail