Houston County Sheriffs Office rolls out new program to ID property owners impacted by theft

HOUSTON COUNTY, Texas (KETK) — The Houston County Sheriff’s Office announced their “Owner Applied Number Program,” that helps identify owner’s property in case of theft.

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<em>Courtesy of Houston County Sheriffs Office.</em>
Courtesy of Houston County Sheriffs Office.

According to the sheriff’s office, they have received multiple reports of stolen items including tractors, implements, trailers, 4-wheelers, vehicles, welding machines, fuel tanks and tools. They reportedly arrested those responsible for the thefts and recuperated approximately $250,000 worth of property.

However, the sheriff’s office said they are having difficulty locating the owners of the seized property since many people do not record the serial number of their items.

Authorities said flyers like the one on the left will be in various stores throughout the county. People can fill the flyer out and take it to the Houston County Sheriffs Office to be a part of the program. They said a deputy will then issue an owner applied number that can be put on the property.

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“So if you ever become a victim of theft or burglary, you only have to remember one number to give to the responding deputy,” Houston County Sheriff Randy Hargrove said. “Just one more way we are working hard for you in protecting you and your hard earned property.”

People can contact the sheriff’s office at (936) 544-2862 for more information.

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