A traffic stop last week led to the recovery of stolen property including two ATVs, one valued at $25,000 and another valued around $15,000, according to Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor.
Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Brad Sutton made a traffic stop on FM 321 north of Palestine at 8:09 a.m. Wednesday in which Jefferson Kincade Jr., 35, of Palestine, was driving a Dodge pickup with a trailer carrying a stolen side-by-side Polaris RZR®.
In fact, a $10,000 reward had been offered for the return of the Polaris.
“Earlier this month, we had a $25,000 ATV stolen from County Road 152 and we had been investigating that crime,” Taylor said. “When DPS discovered this was our stolen Polaris, they contacted us. Our investigators along with the DPS Major Crimes Unit investigated this, talking to the suspect who was cooperative throughout the investigation.”
Through the investigation, a stolen Kawasaki Mule (ATV) valued at $15,000 or more was found on property in the Neches area.
“This vehicle was reported earlier in the year stolen from Champion Dodge,” Taylor said. “The investigation also discovered three stolen motorcycle engines that had been placed in other motorcycles in this young man’s motorcycle shop in Palestine. One was stolen out of Houston, one from San Antonio and one out of Oklahoma. They were valued at $6,000 a piece.”
Kincade was arrested and charged with theft of property $20,000 to $100,000, a felony, Taylor said. He was given a $10,000 bond but bonded out Friday morning.
“Through the investigation we were able to recover other stolen items. He has been cooperative with us,” Taylor said. “This investigation is continuing and we believe there will be further arrests in this case.”
The sheriff encouraged anyone with information about this case or similar cases to call Investigator Ronnie Foster at the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office at 903-729-6068 or Crime Stoppers at 903-729-8477.