Stolen van recovered, more than $20,000 worth of goods found
FERRIS – According to Ferris Police Chief Sam Love, his officers were able to recover a stolen van and various stolen goods recently.
On Tuesday, Dec. 13 the owner of a 2012 Chevrolet Express van on E. 4th Street reported his work van had been stolen during the night. The van is valued at $14,000 and contained more than $20,000 in refrigeration service tools and equipment.
The van was recovered during the same evening it was stolen, abandoned in Garland with Ferris Officer Ray McGrough processing the van for evidence at the Garland Police Department impound. With the evidence from the vehicle and further investigation, FPD Investigator Gator Weiss was able to identify the suspect and had a warrant for the suspect’s arrest issued.
Less than a week later, the suspect, Jay Higginbotham, 49, of Plano, was arrested by Weiss while at a pawn shop in Dallas pawning some of the stolen property Sunday, Dec. 18.
Higginbotham is currently at the Ellis County Jail with bond set at $10,000.
Weiss has been able to recover nearly half of the stolen property and expects to find more as the investigation continues.