WFPD: 3 arrested in connection with string of firearm thefts

WFPD: 3 arrested in connection with string of firearm thefts
Stacey Stouard admitted to committing several vehicle burglaries in the southwest side of Wichita Falls, according to police. (Source: WCSO)
Kylee Sampley is accused of hiding stolen firearms in a residence she shared with Stouard. (Source: WCSO)
Kylee Sampley is accused of hiding stolen firearms in a residence she shared with Stouard. (Source: WCSO)
Jacob Hernandez told detectives he knew the firearms were stolen and had sole them before officers conducted a search warrant on his residence, according to police. (Source: WCSO)
Jacob Hernandez told detectives he knew the firearms were stolen and had sole them before officers conducted a search warrant on his residence, according to police. (Source: WCSO)

WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - Three people have been arrested in connection with a mid-May string of vehicle burglaries in Wichita Falls.

According to arrest warrants, on May 13, officers were called out to the 5200 block of Blue Ridge Dr. in reference to a burglary of a vehicle.

A Glock model 30 pistol was stolen in that burglary.

On May 15, officers were dispatched to a parking lot of a business in the 4500 block of Kell Blvd. W in reference to a check welfare.

Stacey Stouard, 19, was arrested for public intoxication and was found to be in possession of a black Ruger pistol, according to an arrest warrant.

Later that day, officers were dispatched to a home in the 4300 block of Berwick where a Ruger LCP .380 pistol was stolen from a vehicle.

It was the same pistol found in Stouard's vehicle earlier that day. A custodial interview with Stouard was conducted at the police station.

According to an arrest warrant, Stouard admitted to committing numerous burglaries around town and said he had stolen multiple firearms in these burglaries.

A warrant was conducted at Stouard's home in the 2600 block of Southwest Parkway. Three more stolen guns were found.

A holster for a Glock 30 pistol was also found in the apartment, but the pistol was not found.

Stouard was living with Kylee Sampley, 19, according to police. Sampley was taken to the police station to be interviewed where she told detectives Stouard brought stolen guns into the apartment.

Sampley told officers she hid two of the stolen rifles inside the couch. Surveillance was later set up at the residence of a good friend of Stouard's, Jacob Hernandez, 19, in the 2500 block of Sheppard Access Road.

Officers observed Hernandez go inside the residence and leave shortly after with a backpack. The WFPD TACT unit conducted a traffic stop on Hernandez and found two firearms inside the backpack.

One was the weapon stolen on Blue Ridge Drive and the other was reported stolen from a vehicle on May 13.

During an interview, Hernandez said he got the guns from Stouard's apartment. Hernandez said Sampley had given them to him because she was scared to have stolen pistols in her house, according to the arrest affidavit.

Hernandez said he knew the firearms were stolen and he had sold them before officers conducted the search warrant on his apartment.

All three have been arrested and charged with theft of a firearm. As of Friday evening, Sampley was no longer in the Wichita Co. Jail.

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