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Theft Suspects Held At Gunpoint By Neighbor

By John Elizondo

HILL COUNTY - Two theft suspects were arrested October 5 after a neighbor held the two suspects at gunpoint until authorities arrived. The incident occurred around noon  on Farm Road 339 between Mount Calm and Birome.

According to Deputy Tim Westmoreland, neighbors spotted suspicious activity at a nearby building. One of the neighbors approached the suspects and held up their progress at gunpoint with a shotgun until authorities arrived on the scene.

Probable cause was gained to search their vehicle that contained a suitcase, wicker basket and clipboard. Deputies had been at the location Thursday night after two trailers inside the building were found loaded with scrap metal.

Two men were detained and transported to the Hill County Law Enforcement Center. David Helms and Stephen Helms Jr. were charged with theft, and the charges were later enhanced to felonies due to previous convictions.

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