An Odessa man has been arrested and charged with theft and drug possession following the search of a local property where a number of stolen items â€” including a large quantity of oilfield equipment â€” were recovered.
Robert Allen Pasquale, 28, of 133 Aztec Ave. in Odessa, was arrested Friday on charges of possession of a controlled substance and theft after investigators discovered more than $40,000 in stolen property at a residence located northeast of Big Spring.
â€śDeputies with the Howard County Sheriffâ€™s Office responded to 101 Broken Bow Rd. in Howard County at approximately 11:36 a.m. Friday in reference to a fire,â€ť Howard County Sheriff Stan Parker said. â€śUpon arrival, deputies discovered the fire was contained in a large pit in the ground. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that two large spools of copper wire were burning in the pit.â€ť
Parker said firefighters with the Big Spring Fire Department and Howard County Volunteer Fire Department were called to the scene.
â€śFirefighters responded to the scene and extinguished the fire,â€ť Parker said. â€śUpon further investigation, several items were discovered on the property that were reported stolen from Ector County. A search warrant was executed on the property and deputies recovered a 20-feet tandem axle trailer, oil field valves and equipment, electrical parts and several spools of copper and aluminum wire.â€ť
Parker said investigators also recovered a quantity of methamphetamines, as well as a rifle that had been reported stolen in a burglary being investigated by the Big Spring Police Department.
â€śAll items were seized by the Howard County Sheriffâ€™s Office,â€ť Parker said. â€śThe items seized are believed to have a value of more than $40,000. Pasquale was arrested at the scene. The investigation is currently ongoing and more arrests are expected in this case.â€ť
According to officials with the Howard County Detention Center, Pasquale's bond was set at $2,500, with the Odessa man bonding out Saturday.