Man held on Texas warrant in big theft ring
A 24-year-old man from Texas was arrested locally on a warrant that connects him to a large-scale organized theft ring in Victoria County, Texas.
Cole Ray Howard, 24, is being held in the Mesa County Jail, pending extradition to Texas, as he was indicted in September on a count of engaging in organized criminal activity, a first-degree felony, and a count of theft of property with a value greater than $300,000, also a class one felony.
Mesa County Court Judge Gretchen Larson deferred to the Texas judge who wrote Howard’s original warrant, and upheld a $50,000 surety bond during his appearance in local court on Tuesday.
According to reports in Victoria, Texas, Howard was one of nine people indicted for an organized scheme to steal more than $300,000 worth of merchandise from stores in the area. Defendants are accused of stealing items like vehicles, vehicle parts, lawn care equipment, power tools, electronics, and jewelry.
Tips from residents allegedly sparked the investigation.