Yet another arrest has been made in connection with an organized crime ring that surfaced in Hopkins County last November. Ricardo Saldivar, 34, of Combine, Texas was arrested Wednesday on a warrant for engaging in organized criminal activity. He is now the fifth individual arrested in the case. Investigator Tony Hurley and Sulphur Springs Police Department Detective Rusty Stillwagoner arrested Saldivar in Seagoville, Texas and took him to the Seagoville Police Department where he was arraigned. Hurley and Stillwagoner then transported Saldivar to the Hopkins County Jail where bond was set at $100,000.
Sulphur Springs Police and the Hopkins County Sheriff’s office are just scratching the surface of arrests in connection with the organized crime ring that is responsible for the theft of six all-terrain vehicles from Nor-Tex Tractor in Sulphur Springs. Potentially about 20-21 individuals from three states could be arrested before the case is closed, according to Investigator Hurley.
Hurley told KSST News that the ring has basically been taking side-by-side utility vehicles “like Polaris Rangers” from various dealers in Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Texas. Thus far, 13 units have been recovered according to Hurley.
James Lindy Minter, 37, of Kemp, Texas, was arrested on Tuesday, January 26th at 1:20 p.m. at the Sulphur Springs Police Station. Minter was wanted on a warrant for engaging in organized crime, a 2nd degree felony. Minter was the fourth individual arrested in connection to the local theft. He is in Hopkins County jail on a $100,000 bond.
On Monday, January 25th, Darrell Wayne Waites was picked up at the Rapides Parish, Louisiana Jail and transported to Hopkins County Jail without incident. According to Hopkins County Chief Criminal Investigator Lewis Tatum, Waites was picked up on a warrant for Organized Criminal Activity. He was the third person to be arrested in connection to the case. Hopkins County Deputy Major Willis and Correctional Officer Charles Duke stated Waites was cooperative and posed no problems during the trip. His bond was set at $200,000. He has since made bond.
The first two arrested for the theft were arrested on January 6th. Joshua Christopher Terry, age 34, and Laronda Kaye Reed, 29, both of Kemp, Texas were arrested on charges of engaging in organized criminal activity. It was thought at that time that the defendants could be connected to similar thefts throughout Louisiana and Oklahoma. At that time, criminal investigators divulged information on two different thefts at Rock Power Sports in Bossier City, Louisiana and the business confirmed the property stolen.
Terry’s bond was set at $200,000 bond while bond for Reed was set at $30,000. Both are out on bail.