by Emily Waldrep
Deputies with the Tyler County Sheriif's Department were able to arrest one man on outstanding warrants in Tyler County and recovered a stolen gun while responding to a disturbance call.
According to Tyler County Chief Deputy Phil Ryan, Deputies were dispatched on December 31 to 345 County Road 4170 in Woodville in reference to a disturbance in the Dam-B area. The address was familiar to deputies because they had been sent there in the past on various calls. Due to one of those previous calls to service, deputies were aware that one person living at the residence had outstanding warrants for their arrest.
When deputies arrived they were informed that the disturbance had never escalated past the argument stage, so there was no chargeable offense. All parties involved were run through Tyler County Communications and one of the subjects, identified as Richard Wittle of Dam-B, had an outstanding felony warrant for Online Solicitation of a Minor.
Wittle was placed under custody at that time.
According to Ryan, there was a vehicle at the residence and deputies noticed that there were some weapons in the front seat, so one of the deputies ran the serial numbers on the rifle and shotgun and discovered that the Winchester gun was stolen out of Sabine Parish, Louisiana.
"If people will be sure to keep a listing of their serial numbers on their weapons, they almost always get discovered," said Chief Deputy Phil Ryan. "It may be years down the road but they are usually recoverable if owners have a record of their serial numbers. We go to so many burglaries were owners do not have these records and it's a shame because people that steal those usually end up pawning or selling them and the guns get checked at some point."
Deputies are working with ATF and agencies out of Sabine Parish on an additional felony charge for possession of the stolen weapon.
Wittle is presumed innocent until proven guilty.