Theft Investigation and Recovery
At least two individuals are facing felony criminal charges after being connected to numerous burglaries and thefts in and around southern Milam County. The suspects were residing on a property located near the Milam/Williamson County line in Thorndale when the Sheriff's Office became aware of their connection to the crimes.
On Sunday afternoon Milam County Crime-stoppers received an anonymous tip indicating that a female was driving a stolen vehicle in Thorndale. Thorndale Police were able to locate the vehicle and confirm that it was a truck taken in a theft reported the week before from a location south of Thorndale. The driver, Jennifer Blye, a 34 year old white female was detained until deputies arrived a short time after the initial stop. Blye was also found to have a pistol in the stolen truck that was not a part of the theft case. She was subsequently charged with Unauthorized Use Motor Vehicle and Unlawfully Carrying a Weapon.
Sheriff's Deputies continued to follow up on the information and facts that were discovered from the arrest which led them to a location in the 100 block of Cowan Street in Thorndale. Sgt. Ferguson and Deputy Paniagua noted that there was a four-wheeler in plain view that matched the description of one stolen from a separate theft case Milam County had worked a few weeks prior.
CID Lt. Mendoza was notified of the additional information and facts which allowed him to prepare a search warrant which was signed by 20th District Judge John Youngblood. Sheriff White, and deputies along with DPS Trooper Tice, and State Game Warden Rennspies searched the property on Cowan and located numerous pieces of equipment and vehicles that had been reported stolen in Williamson County and southern Milam County.
Among the stolen items recovered were, a goose neck 20 foot tandem axle heavy duty trailer, two tandem axle flat-bed trailers, and one goose-neck dump trailer. Also located were a travel-trailer, a Bobcat skid-steer, several skid-steer attachments, welders, a zero turn mower, two side-by-side four wheeler vehicles, and numerous power tools.
From 9:30 pm until 2:00 am Deputies searched through dilapidated buildings and the entire wooded property trying to locate guns, coins, and other property still missing from additional thefts and burglaries now connected to the suspects.