In May of 2021, Titus County Sheriff’s Office opened an investigation into the theft of a John Deere Model 460M hay baler from the eastern portion of Titus County. The department investigated to locate the nearly new hay baler worth over $40,000. Titus County Sheriff’s Investigators joined forces with Special Rangers from the Texas and Southwest Cattle Grower’s Association looking for leads. At one point, investigators conducted aerial searches for the stolen baler to no avail.
During the same period, someone stole a controller for a John Deere Baler from a tractor in Mount Pleasant and took a trailer/spray rig from the same area where the baler was missing. They later recovered the spray rig abandoned in the southeast portion of Titus County.
Late last week, Investigators received a tip of a possible location of the stolen John Deere Baler. Titus County Investigators worked closely with the Special Rangers from the Texas and Southwest Cattle Grower’s Association and the North Texas Auto Theft Task Force to locate the stolen baler.
On Monday, September 26, the rangers and investigators had some success. They tracked the baler down to Forney, TX, along with the baler controller reported stolen from Mount Pleasant.
Titus County Sheriff’s C.I.D. Lt. Chris Bragg would like to thank the TSCRA Special Rangers and the North Texas Auto Theft Task Force Investigators for their assistance in this matter. Both the TSCRA Rangers and the investigators from the Auto Theft Task Force are always ready and willing to assist our investigators.