Two Erath County residents and one man from Hico were picked up by neighboring Somervell County Sheriff’s Office in connection to more than 30 vehicle burglaries in three counties.
Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant said his office received information last week that property stolen from 29 vehicles in Somervell County might be stashed in Erath.
With resources and information coming in from the Somervell County Sheriff’s Office, Erath County Sheriff’s Office, Stephenville Police Department, Hood County Sheriff’s Office and the Granbury Police Department, law enforcement quickly zeroed in on three suspects.
Byron Chase Hyles, 19, of Hico, was picked up Friday, June 12, for questioning by Somervell County investigators after Hyles’ Erath County residence was searched in what Bryant said was a joint effort among Stephenville Police, Erath Sheriff and Somervell Sheriff forces.
“He wasn’t home when we searched his residence,” Bryant said. “But he was arrested one hour later and taken to Somervell. We recovered several car stereos, tools, cell phones and a radar detector.”
Aaron Shelton, 19, of Stephenville was also picked up Friday in Hood County.
Phillip Richardson, 18, of Stephenville, was arrested on June 11 according to a press release from Somervell County.
Bryant said the investigation could clear up the 29 cases in Somervell as well as cases in Granbury and Stephenville.