Two Stephenville residents were arrested this week in connection with a burglary that occurred at Lone Star Arena in late January.
Johnny “David” Belcher, 30, was arrested at a residence Wednesday. Marvin “Boots” Wysong, Jr., 24, surrendered to the sheriff’s office and was booked into the county jail Thursday morning.
The arrests followed the investigative efforts of Deputy Jimmy Jackson and Investigator Bob Gonzales and tips from a local computer technician.
Jackson took the initial report on Jan. 28 when Marcie and Paul Sullivan, owners of the arena, entered the facility to find that two of their offices had been broken into. The couple discovered that Paul’s laptop computer, two pistols and 12 walkie-talkies had been stolen.
According to Sheriff Tommy Bryant, the report, notes and evidentiary pictures taken by Jackson were the first pieces in the puzzle and key to the recovery of the stolen property. Once the report was taken, the case was handed over to Gonzales who hit the streets and conducted interviews in search of leads.
Marcie Sullivan said in addition to efforts of the two law enforcement officials, a local computer technician provided a solid lead in solving the case. She said the tech was dining at a local eatery when another patron was attempting to gain access to a laptop computer. Having no luck, he requested the computer tech’s assistance. The tech recognized the laptop, which had been sold to a local pawnshop, as one he had recently worked on and belonging to Paul. Marcie said the tech told the PC’s possessor that he knew the owner. The technician contacted the Sullivans, who in turn contacted investigators. In addition to information obtained through Gonzales’ investigation, tracking down the laptop was a turning point in the case.
Once the leads and clues had been obtained, Gonzales didn’t have to go far to find the suspects. Belcher was a resident at a trailer park less than one tenth of a mile from the arena.
Marcie praised the efforts of the investigators and said the recovery of the pistols was just in time. The two black powder Colt replica 1860s Dragoon revolvers, valued at $350 each, are to be awarded to competitors at this weekend’s Cowboy Capital Classic NRHA Reining at Lone Star Arena.
“We have always had good luck in dealing with the sheriff’s office,” Sullivan said. “It is always wonderful working with the deputies and investigators. They not only do a great job in the cases they investigate but also assist us every time we have an event at the arena. They patrol the lots and keep a good eye on things.”
Wysong and Belcher are charged with burglary of a building, a state jail felony. Belcher posted $10,000 bond and was released Thursday. Wysong is being held in lieu of bond.
If convicted, the duo faces 180 days to two years behind bars and a maximum fine of $10,000.