Five arrested in connection with suspected Limestone County theft ring


Limestone County investigators have arrested five people in connection with a suspected local theft ring.

The ring has been operating primarily in southwestern Limestone County for at least six months. People involved have targeted residences and sheds, especially from Tanner to Clements, taking items ranging from scrap metal to four-wheelers to sell or trade for methamphetamine. Included in the list of things taken are utility trailers, mowers, batteries, power tools, air conditioning units, and UTVs.

Luis Lopez, 36, is alleged to be the leader of the group and the person running the ring. He is charged with Theft 1st, Theft 3rd, and two counts of Burglary 3rd, and he is in the Limestone County Jail on $11,500 bond. 

Jessica Padgett, 25, was arrested Tuesday for Theft 3rd Degree and is in the Limestone County Jail on $1,500 bond. 

Derrick Hicks, 33, was already in jail on previous charges. He was charged with Burglary 3rd Degree on Tuesday with a $2,500 bond on the new charge. 

Stephanie Dutcher, 38, was arrested Tuesday on a Theft 3rd Degree charge. She was released from the Limestone County Jail on $1,500 bond. 

Christopher Pylant, 32, was arrested on December 12 for Receiving Stolen Property 3rd Degree and Possession of a Controlled Substance (meth). He was released from the Limestone County Jail Friday on $4,000 bond. 

Anyone in Limestone County who has had similar items taken from their yard or shop in the last six months and has not reported it is asked to call the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office. 

Sheriff Mike Blakely praised his team for their work. “I want to commend our investigators for their exemplary teamwork and dedication, without which we could not have achieved these results,” says Blakely. “I also wish to thank the vigilant members of our communities who provided valuable assistance to each other and to investigators, all working toward the same goal of making our communities safer.” 

He says the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are likely.

Source: Limestone County Sheriff’s Office

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