Anderson County sheriff’s officials have recovered between $5,000 and $10,000 in property stolen earlier this month at locations throughout the county and have four suspects in the cases.

Between Dec. 11 and 16, Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor said the four suspects are believed to have committed three felony thefts and two burglaries at separate locations throughout the county.

“There were some in the south (end of Anderson County) and some in the north,” Taylor said. “They were scattered throughout the county.”

Five riding lawnmowers; push lawnmowers; a utility trailer; a weedeater; and an air compressor were among the items taken during the offenses.

The cases are being investigated by sheriff’s investigator Tommy Barr and Cpl. Brian Chason.

One of the suspects, 28-year-old Jose Vega of Palestine, is currently in the Anderson County Jail on an unrelated charge.

Christopher Mead, 20, Fernando Jose Estrada, 24, and Eugo Estrada, age unknown, all of Palestine, also are suspected in the crimes, according to Taylor.

A warrant has been issued for Mead’s arrest and warrants are forthcoming for the arrests of Fernando and Eugo Estrada, he added.

The four men are believed to have participated together in the commission of the offenses and will be charged with felony theft and burglary of a building, the sheriff added.

“Thefts and burglaries are very hard to solve,” Taylor said, commending the work of Barr and Chason. “A lot of times, there’s no witnesses and nothing left behind.”

The sheriff said four riding mowers, a push mower and other items have been recovered thus far.


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