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WEATHERFORD — Police say a group of teens accused of burglarizing dozens of vehicles across Weatherford in September were trading stolen items for marijuana and methamphetamine.

Six high school age youth, including one juvenile under 17 years old, have been charged in connection with the case, along with two men suspected of giving drugs to the teens in exchange for the items taken from the vehicles, according to Weatherford Police Detective Joe Hopkins.

The group targeted unlocked vehicles, taking items that included electronics and any guns found inside, according to Hopkins. In total, the group is believed to be responsible for 30 to 35 vehicle burglaries over the month, stealing more than $5,300 in property. Though some property was recovered from several individuals, most of it was not, according to police.

Officers, who were responding on Sept. 20 to a caller reporting he chased a group from his vehicle, found Colton Tyler Bigham, 17, in the area of the incident. Police located stolen property in his backpack, according to court records.

Bigham was arrested on a charge of possession of methamphetamine that day but has since been arrested again on additional charges stemming from the investigation. Jail records indicate he has been charged with second degree felony engaging in organized criminal activity by theft, more than $1,500 to $20,000, and second degree felony firearm smuggling. Bond was set at $20,000 for the firearm smuggling and engaging in organized criminal activity. He was released from Parker County Jail Tuesday.

In addition to trading firearms, along with other co-defendants in the case, that were believed to have been stolen in the burglaries, Bigham is also suspected of trading a least one other stolen gun. According to a probable cause statement, a man told police Bigham traded a gun matching the description of a gun stolen from a residence in a case where Bigham was listed as a suspect, according to court records. He traded that handgun for marijuana, police were reportedly told.

Others arrested and charged in connection with the burglaries include:

• Dylan Scott Simmons, 17, who has been charged with engaging in organized criminal activity and firearm smuggling in the case. He also faces a misdemeanor theft charge, as well as a Tarrant County warrant for engaging in organized criminal activity, according to jail records. He is being held without bond in the Parker County Jail for the Tarrant County warrant. Bond was set at $20,750 for the other charges.

• Eric Huerta, 17, has been charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, for which bond was set at $10,000. Following his arrest on the felony warrant Monday, Huerta has also been charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child, though details on that charge were not available by deadline. Bond for that charge was set at $50,000. He remained in Parker County Jail as of Thursday evening.

• Dominique Shavone Curry, 17, was arrested Friday, Oct. 19, on a warrant for engaging in organized criminal activity. Bond was set at $10,000. She was released from jail Monday.

• Tyler Wayne Tice, 17, was arrested Friday, Oct. 19, on a warrant for engaging in organized criminal activity. Bond was set at $10,000. He was released from jail Monday.

A juvenile, who was not named due to his age, is also expected to be arrested, according to Hopkins.

According to court records and Hopkins, the two adults suspected of taking the stolen property in exchange for methamphetamine and marijuana are 35-year-old Abraham Daniel and 30-year-old Anthony Shane Walden.

Daniel was arrested Wednesday on a charge of engaging in organized criminal activity. He posted $10,000 bond later that day.

Walden was arrested on Oct. 4 on bond-related warrants, jail records indicate, and remained in the Parker County Jail as of Thursday.

 

 

 

 

 

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