Theft at the 3H-Howell Ranch in Liberty County
Mar 13, 2013
January 2, 2013, a burglary and theft were reported at the 3H-Howell Ranch in
Liberty County. Dr. Jimmy Howell reported that his residence had been
burglarized and his farm truck stolen along with electronic
equipment, saddles, power tools and other assorted personal property items.
Ranger Jimmy Belt and Deputy Michelle Giaquinto of the Liberty County Sheriff's
Department responded to the scene and began an immediate investigation. The
following day, Sgt. Investigator Kenny Dagle joined the investigation by
teaming up with Special Ranger Belt and the investigation expanded. The farm
truck was located, abandoned, in the Moss Bluff area.
the investigation continued, a "person of interest" by the name of
Jacob Brandon Vest, 22 years old and a resident of the city of Liberty was
developed and shortly thereafter a second individual , Kevin Deayne Brock
the second, 26 years old and a resident of Hardin, Texas also became
a suspect in this case. After the investigators began to recover many
of the stolen items taken in this burglary as well as other burglary and theft
cases and to connect both Vest and Brock to the stolen items, warrants were
issued for the arrest of both suspects.
January 18th, both men were arrested and charged with Burglary Of A Habitation,
Burglary of a Building and Unauthorized Use Of A Motor Vehicle. In addition,
Jacob Vest was also charged with two (2) misdemeanor cases. Both men made
written statements to Sgt. Dagle and Ranger Belt where they admitted not only
the burglary and theft at the Howell ranch but several other cases as well.
the property recovery phase of this case, Sgt. Dagle and Ranger Belt
recovered one hundred percent of all property stolen in the Howell burglary as
well as many other items taken in other theft cases which can now be
returned to their rightful owners.
Jacob Vest and Kevin Brock entered a plea of guilty before Judge Morefield
in the 75th. District Court and each was sentenced to five (5) years
probated sentence each on all three (3) felony charges. Jacob Vest is
presently on bond for two (2) separate misdemeanor offenses.
the course of this investigation, Sgt. Dagle and Special Ranger Belt recovered
over $14,000 in stolen property from the Howell ranch case as well as other
previously uncleared cases.
BROCK, KEVIN DEWAYNE II VEST, JACOB BRANDON
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