Two more arrests for organized crime were made Friday as the number climbs to seven (7) individuals involved in the theft of utility, all-terrain vehicles in three states. Booked into Hopkins County Jail and placed on $50,000 bond was Brian Wheeler, 41. Also arrested was a David Rockwell, 34. Rockwell was placed on $200,000 bond Saturday morning by Justice of the Peace B. J. Teer.
Hopkins County Criminal investigators, Sulphur Springs Police Department Detectives, and Investigator Tony Hurley have been working since last November with others to round up what is thought to be a ring of some 20 or 21 individuals plying their trade of theft in Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Texas. The group took six (6) all-terrain vehicles from the local Nor-Tex Tractor. At least 13 vehicles have been recovered and more are expected.
Others who have been arrested include Ricardo Saldivar, 34, of Combine Texas, who was arrested in Seagoville; James Lindy Minter, 37, Joshua Christopher Terry, 34, and Laronda Kaye Reed, 29, all of Kemp; and Darrell Wayne Waites from Rapides Parish Louisiana. All have been charged locally with organized criminal activity.