Special to the News-Times
SHEPHERD — A multi-agency investigation has led to the arrest of one man believed to be responsible for numerous thefts as well as one suspected of selling narcotics in the area.
Justin Hope, 38, currently is being held in Polk County Jail on numerous charges, and will be transferred to San Jacinto County Jail at a later date.
Sheriff’s deputies, led by Chief Deputy Tim Kean of the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office, arrested Hope on Thursday in a room at the Executive Inn Motel, and seized numerous pieces of jewelry, weapons, ammunition, collectible coins, electronic equipment, power tools, computer equipment and more.
Kean said that this cache of weapons, many of which are more than likely stolen, along with a collection of a variety of drugs and paraphernalia with an estimated street value of $100,000, could have reached the streets of the county within hours.
Sheriff Greg Capers said that other suspects have been identified and are being sought as well.
Capers said federal, state and local agencies were involved in the investigation.
If you believe that you are a victim of one of these crimes, contact Detective Montaleo at the San Jacinto Sheriff’s Office at (936) 653-4367.