ROCKPORT, Texas — More arrests have been made in connection to stolen merchandise including tractors and trailers that were recovered near San Antonio.
These expensive items were taken from homeowners in nearby counties which led to these arrests.
Aransas County law enforcement brought back over $100,000 worth of stolen property from Real County and authorities say some of these suspects have a long criminal history.
According to the Aransas County Sheriff's Office, they were able to previously arrest six suspects.
The following week more were arrested in connection with these burglaries, while January 27th, 2020 one more suspect was arrested.
Nine suspects in connection of these thefts are in the Aransas County Jail and Sheriff Bill Mills says more arrests are on the way.
“We're still following leads,” says Sheriff Mills.
Mills continues in saying “on equipment that was on some of the trailers that was removed from the trailers and sold as individual pieces which slows it down and hampers it a little bit but we still continue to believe that we are going to recover more and more of that,”
Workers with the Aransas County Sheriff's Office have their hands, full catching more thieves and law enforcement say they have been on this active investigation for months.
“These aren't first time offenders, these are not high school guys doing pranks, these are career criminals that may be yours or my neighbor,” says Sheriff Mills.
Sheriff Mills says these stolen items have affected several homeowner’s livelihoods.
“We're working with the property owners and were trying to return as much as we can to them and expedite that process some of it we know has already been dismantled and destroyed for foolishness,” says Mills.
Members with the Aransas County's Sheriff's Office say people need to stay vigilant and protect their items and ask that if you see any suspicious activity, call the authorities right away.
Sheriff Mills says the department will continue to keep their focus and stay diligent as they search for more suspects.