Early morning ATV Traffic Stop Leads To Burglary Discovery and Arrest; More Arrests Expected

by Hale Hughes

On Wednesday April 26, at approximately 2:45 a.m., Tyler County deputies conducted a traffic stop on Highway 69 South in Hillister. Deputies stopped a Honda 4-Wheeler driven by Jennifer Harvey, age 36, of Woodville. The ATV was pulling a small trailer that contained numerous items that included fishing rods, a chainsaw, tools and a guitar. Harvey also had in her possession a Ruger 10-22 Rifle. A check of the vehicle identification number on the ATV showed the ATV to be stolen out of Tyler County.

During a search of the trailer, deputies discovered antique drill presses and hand tools with a name and numbers engraved on them. Deputies were able to make contact with an individual who lives on Seneca Road just south of Woodville. The individual told deputies that he was currently out of town and advised deputies that no one should be in possession of his property or at his residence.

Harvey was immediately arrested for Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle and transported to the Tyler County Jail. Deputies went to the residence in question which was located just off Seneca Road and discovered the door to the residence and several storage building doors open. Deputies also observed tire tracks consistent with an ATV towing a small trailer.

Harvey was booked into the Tyler County Jail charged with Burglary of a Habitation, 4 Counts of Burglary of a Building, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Marijuana. Harvey currently remains in jail on a $51,000 bond set by Judge Trisher Ford.

Harvey could face additional felony charges after owners of an adjacent home are located. It appeared to deputies that residence had also been burglarized. Both cases are still under investigation and more suspects will definitely be arrested.

Sheriff Weatherford urges everyone to please report any suspicious activity to the Tyler County Sheriff's Office, and know that your local law enforcement team is working hard to make your neighborhood, community and Tyler County safe.