Four men now sit in the Montgomery County Jail, charged in the theft of more than $300,000 worth of steel from a Pinehurst business.
Deputies said that Ivan De La Cruz-Hernandez, 23, Jesus Rojas, 27, Wilmer Orantes, 30 and Geovanni Hernandez-Reyes, 25, were all arrested and charged with theft, following a lengthy investigation. One man, Israel Godoy, 27, remains at large and is wanted on theft charges.
The theft occurred June 15, when deputies allege that the five men broke into Specialty Steel Supply in Pinehurst and took aluminum and nickel rods used for down hole drilling. Police said the five men loaded up two vans and drove off.
The investigations led deputies to the five suspects, four of whom were arrested at various locations in Harris County. Some of the metal rods were recovered as far away as West Virginia.
Sheriff's department officials said it was a cooperative effort between the sheriff's department, Harris County Pct. 4 constables and the Katy Police Department.
According to the Montgomery County Police Reporter, De La Cruz-Hernandez was arrested on July 2 and 16 days later pled guilty and has been sentenced to prison time. He also has a detainer from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Rojas, Orante and Hernadez-Reyes all remain in the Montgomery County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bond each. However, Orante has a detainer from ICE as well.