POSTED: Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 4:33pm
UPDATED: Friday, January 3, 2014 - 7:49am
Smith County, Texas (KETK) — The Smith County Sheriff's Office has uncovered a burglary and theft ring operation in multiple counties.
Officials say the thieves had been stealing commercial grade lawn mowers, weed eaters, chain saws, power tools, ATVs and firearms all over Smith County and in surrounding counties.
On Christmas Eve, deputies received calls regarding burglaries off County Road 1100 where a large amount of property had been stolen ranging from firearms to chainsaws and ATVs. While deputies were taking reports, a report of a burglary in progress at Farm to Market Road 724 in New Harmony. Upon receiving the information, five separate patrol deputies went to the area in an attempt to capture the thieves.
Deputy Jacob Hart located the thieves on FM 2661 just west of Highway 15. At that time, Jon Kincheloe was taken into custody after trying to flee from officials. Kincheloe was trying to run from authorities when he was hit by a car. The suspect was examined on scene by EMS and booked into the Smith County Jail a short time later.
Kincheloe and his wife were found to be in possession of a large amount of stolen property at the time of the arrest, including the recently stolen items from New Harmony.
Five separate people, including Kicheloe, were identified as having been responsible for the numerous burglaires.that had taken place over the last several months.
Sheriff Larry Smith and multiple members of his staff worked past midnight Christmas Eve recovering stolen property and identifying additional suspects.
The suspects will now be prosecuted under the "Engaging in Organized Crime" statue which will make the charges a third degree felony.
Three vehicles and a trailer are being seized from the suspects because they were used as instruments in the crime.
Kineheloe, 25, and his wife, Jacqueline, 27, both of Tyler , were also arrested in June 2013 in connection with lawn equipment being stolen from Breckenridge Village in Tyler.
Both have lengthy criminal records including:
Evading arrest (Jon)
7 theft charges (Jon)
Public Intoxication (Jon)
3 theft charges (Jacqueline)
4 assault charges (Jacqueline)
- 2 forgery charges (Jacqueline)
The names of the other suspects, who were identified in the crime, have not been released but KETK will update information as it becomes available.