Alice investigators say more arrests are possible soon

Ofelia Garcia Hunter, Alice Echo-News Journal

A third suspect in the theft ring that yielded about $500,000 in stolen property and cash was arrested Tuesday evening, Police Chief Danny Bueno said.

Police said that Corey James Dents, 30, was arrested Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. at his residence in the 100 block of Cactus Street. Dents is currently in the Jim Wells County jail and charged with burglary of a vehicle, police said. His bond has been set at $30,000, jail officials said Tuesday.

Bueno said that they continue to make more arrests.

"We are still working on it," he said.

During the Oct. 31 raid on the 300 block of Third Street, police arrested 49-year-old Douglas Nichols as the SWAT team executed a "no-knock" warrant.

Police searched the residence and revealed goods police said were stolen from local residents and businesses.

Nichols is facing charges of theft over $20,000, unlawful firearms and possession of marijuana and a controlled substance, police said.

Some of the seized property valued at $150,000 included bicycles, generators, lawn equipment, ceiling fans, televisions, a workbench saw and other items. Also seized were several vehicles, including two Corvettes and a motorcycle, police said. Currency and coins confiscated at the raid totaled $327,087.12, police said.

Then on Nov. 1, Christopher Lee Rutledge, 26, was arrested for allegedly being involved with the theft ring, and charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and burglary of a building, police said. Rutledge also faces charges from Nueces County for motion to revoke his probation, police said.

Bueno said that the raid resulted in the clearing of at least 15 burglaries in the area. He said the raid was the biggest in Alice police's history.