The Coryell County Sheriff’s office receives phone calls daily concerning a theft case involving two Gatesville residents.
Two Coryell County residents were arrested Sept. 11 after Coryell County officials were serving a search warrant.
Billy Tate Shoaf, 35, and Ashley Nicole Mitchell, 24, were arrested for theft and burglary charges. Shoaf’s bond was increased from $60,000 to $110,000 while Mitchell has bonded out.
Wilcox said it may be a while before sheriff official have a final total on the value of property stolen.
“We are getting phone calls on it daily at dispatch and residents are coming into the station,” Wilcox said. “A lot of the items were taken from deer camps and absentee houses. When people tell us what has been stolen, we compare it to our reports.”
Wilcox stopped short of saying the duo is part of a larger crime ring.
“It is leading in that direction,” Wilcox said Sept. 22. “We are still interviewing some persons of interest.
“The investigation is still ongoing.”
Coryell County Sheriff Scott Williams, Chief Deputy Mark Wilcox, Lt. Ron Morgan and Central Texas Cattle Ranger Marvin Wells went to a home at 110 Old Waco St. in Gatesville on Sept. 11 to serve an arrest warrant.
According to a news release, they spotted a number of stolen items in plain view.
A search warrant was obtained and numerous items were recovered in connection to burglaries is three counties — Coryell, Bosque and Bell Counties.
Williams said the department received information from other residents and a search warrant was obtained to search a storage unit rented by Shoaf.
On Sept. 12, a separate search warrant was obtained for the storage facility. The estimated dollar amount was originally estimated at $100,000 worth of stolen property.
That amount increased to $175,000 Wilcox said Sept. 22.
Additional charges were brought against Shoaf including burglary; theft more than $2,500 but less than $30,000; theft of property; and burglary of a habitation.
Shoaf was originally charged with theft of property more than $1,500 but less than $20,000 in Bosque County; two counts of burglary of a building; and two counts of burglary of habitation. He remains in the Coryell County Jail.
Mitchell was charged with theft of property more than $2,500 but less than $30,000; theft of property more than $1,500 but less than $20,000 in Bosque County; and possession of a controlled substance.