Arrest made in theft of over $100,000 of equipment from Bowie County ranch

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An arrest has been made in the theft of over $100,000 in equipment from a ranch near Simms, Texas.

36-year-old Justin Paul Cobb has been arrested for theft over $30,000 and under $150,000.

On May 13 Bowie County and Morris County deputies responded to a location on County Road 4301 Naples, TX in response to a GPS Beacon that was attached to a recently stolen excavator. Morris County Deputy Smith arrived to find numerous pieces of equipment hidden on the property. Bowie County Investigator Biggar confirmed four pieces of equipment as stolen from Bowie County.

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All of the pieces were stolen in December of 2018 and were part of an extensive list of property taken from Anthony Cooper.

Police say that Jason Paul Cobb owned the land the stolen equipment was on and that his explanation for possessing the stolen equipment was not credible. As a result a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Cobb is in the Bi State Jail and his bond has been set at $100,000.

The following pieces of equipment were recovered and returned to the rightful owner:

  • Kubota brand skid steer tractor-valued at $70,000.00
  • Big Tex brand 32’ gooseneck trailer-valued at $12,000.00
  • Land Pride brand pallet forks-valued at $1000.00
  • Bobcat brand auger-valued at $3,000.00
  • Total value of property recovered-$86,000.00

Morris County and Bowie County Investigators recovered the above items along with numerous other pieces of equipment that had been reported stolen from surrounding jurisdictions.

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