County authorities are investigating the theft of hunting gear and animal feed taken from property at Licking. 

The Texas County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a case in Licking in which several items were reportedly stolen from a 23-year-old man’s vehicle parked at his Highway 137 residence.

The man told an officer that when he woke up to go hunting at 6 a.m. Oct. 1, he found that hunting equipment had been stolen from his pickup, including a Brute Compound bow valued at $450.

The man also stated that chicken feed and dog food had been stolen from a shed on his property.

The total value was reportedly $657.

The man told the investigating officer that he suspected his neighbors might have been involved. The officer made contact with an 18-year-old male neighbor who stated he had been in jail during the time of the incident, and that nobody else had been at his residence during the period in question.

The victim called the sheriff’s department again a few days later and stated that a man had told him that the neighbor had a bow, chicken feed and dog food in his home.

The officer returned to the neighbor’s home and found the items – which he stated matched the description of the stolen goods – and took them into custody.

The investigation continues.


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