POSTED: Friday, June 29, 2012 - 5:44pm
UPDATED: Friday, June 29, 2012 - 5:45pm
CHEROKEE COUNTY —
Cherokee County officials have arrested a man in connection with the oil field thefts in the southern part of Cherokee County.
On Wednesday June 27, 2012 at approximately 7:15 pm, 26 year old Ricky Lee Schakosky, was arrested on outstanding warrants.
Cherokee County Investigators began looking for Schakosky earlier in the week as the primary suspect in the battery thefts from area oil fields.
Investigators learned of the outstanding warrants and sat outside a local hotel in Jacksonville, where it was reported he was staying.
Investigators waited over 6 hours before he returned. When he was arrested, there were 13 batteries and some other oil field equipment in the trunk of the car, which had been taken from a site in Cherokee County, and another site in Houston County.
The car was towed to the Sheriff's Office and Schakosky was booked into Cherokee County Jail on the original warrants.
Investigators believe he is responsible for several other oil field thefts in Cherokee, Angelina, Nacogdoches and Houston Counties.
Schakosky remains in Cherokee County jail on the following charges:
- Cherokee County charge: Failure to ID/Fugitive; Class A Misdemeanor; $2,000 bond
- Rusk County Warrant: Forgery; State Jail Felony; $8,000 bond
- Shelby County Warrant: Failure To Appear - Organized Retail Theft; State Jail Felony; No-Bond
Bonds were set by Justice of the Peace, Pct 3, Judge Grimes
As of this evening, Schakosky has yet to be arraigned on two other Felony Theft charges stemming from battery thefts in Cherokee County.
Cherokee County Investigators anticipate filing several more charges of Felony Theft in the coming days, and continue to investigate other suspects. There will most likely be charges filed in Angelina, Houston and Nacogdoches Counties as well.