Theft suspect faces new charges

Published 12:00 am Sunday, May 29, 2005

A list of burglary charges against a Selma man continues to grow as investigators uncover a theft ring that has led to the recovery of missing farming and construction equipment, vehicles and tools.

On Thursday, Selma police charged 29-year-old Ryan Lovelady with burglary third degree and theft of property third degree in connection to the nearly

$100,000 worth of equipment reported stolen last week from a company on Old Montgomery Highway.

The company, located at 3131 Old Montgomery Highway, reported on Monday that 17 telephones poles, a Bush Hog mower, $4,000 worth of assorted tools and $30,000 worth of electrical and plumbing equipment was stolen from its property.

These charges are in addition to the multiple counts of burglary and theft Lovelady faces after being arrested on May 24 by Dallas County Sheriff’s deputies.

Dallas County Sheriff Harris Huffman said Lovelady, of 24 Pecan Drive, is accused of being involved in several thefts in the area, including on at a hunting club on Highway 22.

After the arrest, Huffman said his deputies recovered three vehicles and a travel trailer reported stolen from the hunting club.

“My guys are also looking for a Mazda 4X4 that’s supposed to be in a ravine,” Huffman said.

Huffman said officers also recovered a John Deere tractor reported missing from Craig Field and a 16-foot utility trailer.

“We also found a pick-up truck with stolen equipment,” Huffman said.

Lt. David Evans, Selma Police Department public information officer, said the department is working with the Sheriff’s Office to locate other missing items and possibly make more arrests.

“We anticipate more arrests will come from the investigation of this case,” Evans said.

Along with Lovelady, 35-year-old Richard Lee Boozer, of County Road 17, was charged last week with one count of receiving stolen property for his alleged involvement

in the theft ring.

Both suspects are currently being held in the Dallas County Jail.

Lovelady was given a $10,000 bond for each count.