Parker County Sheriff’s Office investigators have arrested three individuals in connection with a theft ring resulting in more than $500,000 in stolen equipment, according to a release.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said the thefts were reported over a few months beginning in June from several businesses and oil field sites in Aledo and southern Parker County. It was reported that the suspects stole 65 DPF/DOC filters — exhaust for commercial diesel vehicles containing precious metals — and 95 truck batteries from company tractors. Company employees reported that the loss was estimated at $7,771.08 for each filter and $92.92 for each battery for a total of $513,947.60.
According to the PCSO release, investigators believe at least 15 similar reports are connected to the same suspects.
Bradley Robert Barbay, 47, of Azle, Vickie Michelle Barbay, 42, of Azle, and Ruben Rodriguez Reyes were all arrested in connection with the offenses, according to the release.
“Sheriff’s deputies arrested Bradley on a criminal trespass charge last week. Sheriff’s investigators observed the property Bradley was trespassing on was in close proximity to a business, which reported several thefts. Investigators believe Bradley was involved in the thefts and obtained a search warrant for his cell phone,” according to the sheriff’s office. “Sheriff’s investigators observed numerous text message conversations dating from June to September. The text messages contained photographs of the stolen items. The conversations were between Vickie, later identified as his wife, and another individual called ‘Moneyman,’ later identified as Ruben Rodriguez Reyes.”
According to the sheriff’s office, the messages mentioned the sale of the DPF/DOC filters in exchange for cash, which were then matched with the dates of the theft offenses.
“Investigators also discovered that Bradley scrapped over 20 vehicle batteries at a recycling facility in Fort Worth on three separate occasions, days after the batteries were reported stolen. Sheriff’s investigators further obtained Bradley’s metal scrapping history, observing he scrapped between 100 and 500 vehicle batteries between June and September,” according to the sheriff’s office. “Investigators then obtained a search warrant for Bradley’s truck, locating bolt cutters, cable cutters, a master key set and other tools known to be used in the commission of battery and filter thefts.”
Bradley was arrested and charged with theft of property, engaging in organized criminal activity, criminal trespass and additional burglary and trespass warrants out of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. He is being held on a $508,000 combined bond in the Parker County Jail.
Vickie was arrested and charged with engaging in organized criminal activity and is being held in the Parker County Jail on a $250,000 bond.
Reyes was arrested and charged with engaging in organized criminal activity and was booked in the Tarrant County Jail on a $250,000 bond.
“We anticipate additional arrests to be made in connection with these cases,” Fowler said.