A tip to Hopkins County sheriff’s officers Tuesday resulted in two arrests and recovery of two stolen vehicles, according to sheriff’s reports.
Hopkins County Sheriff‘s deputies reported receiving a tip indicating where they might find a lime green tow truck that had been reported April 6 to Greenville Police Department as stolen, according to arrest reports.
The stolen wrecker, valued at more than $40,000, was located by sheriff’s investigators and recovered from Commerce Sand & Gravel, according to Hopkins County Sheriff’s Investigator Wade Sheets.
The officers spoke with 19-year-old Dalton Eugene Tucker of Quinlan, who was reportedly in possession of the stolen truck. The teen allegedly confessed to driving the green wrecker. Tucker was arrested at 10:57 a.m. April 7 for theft of property valued at more than $30,000 but less than $150,000 against the elderly, Hopkins County Sheriff’s Deputy Nick Marney and Investigator Michael Russell alleged in arrest reports.
Investigators also spoke with 19-year-old Daniel Allen Saulters of Terrell in connection with wrecker. Saulters allegedly confessed to being in the green wrecker, which had been confirmed as stolen out of Greenville Police Department.
After being interviewed later Tuesday about the stolen tow truck. He allegedly admitted knowledge that the truck was stolen as was another vehicle, a 2008 Ford Mustang, which he’d ridden around in over the past two days. Consequently, Saulters too was taken into custody at 5:30 p.m. and jailed for theft of property valued at $30,000 or more but less than $150,000 against the elderly, Russell and Sheets alleged in arrest reports.
During their investigation, officials received information, which they relayed to Hunt County officials, regarding the location of the Mustang. Hunt County officials recovered the stolen 2008 Ford Mustang in that county, according to Sheets.
Both Tucker and Salters remained in Hopkins County jail, Wednesday morning. Tucker’s bond on the theft charge was set at $30,000, according to jail reports.