Kilgore man guilty of transformer theft

Kilgore man guilty of transformer theft
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 12:40pm

A Kilgore man was indicted on Monday in the Fourth Judicial District Court.

Franklin Ragan, 43, was charged by indictment with theft.

On December 18, 2012, a Rusk County Sheriff deputy staked out a series of transformers that ran a number of oil well pumps. He saw a vehicle stop abruptly, then continue driving past the oil lease on Peterson Road outside Kilgore.

According to the deputy, he heard voices and metal cutting sounds. He saw two people cutting fuses to the bank of transformers and one shining a flashlight on the machines. The deputy snuck within 20 feet before shining his flashlight on the suspects. He had to tase one of the men.

Ragan hid in the bushes before giving himself up. A flashlight was recovered from Ragan and an orange bag of tools was found on scene.

James Thompson, representing the BASA Resources, testified he never gave Ragan permission to step on any property but tried to help Ragan by getting food for him around Christmas several years prior.

The jury came back with a guilty verdict after an hour. The jury then heard evidence that Ragan was previously convicted of burglary of a building.

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