Ranch theft suspects arrested


After almost a month, two people suspected of breaking into a ranch and stealing farming equipment, diesel, unleaded gasoline and tools have been caught.

The May 19 theft of $50,000 worth of items from the La Escalera Ranch in Pecos County caused felony warrants to be issued.

Christopher James Duforat, 32, and Joshua Ray Greathouse, 34, were arrested on charges of third-degree felony theft.

The two are in custody with the Pecos County Sheriff's Office.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the duo are suspected of breaking into the ranch and stealing two dune buggies, an air compressor, a welder, a trailer, more than 100 gallons of diesel and gasoline, and several thousand dollars’ worth of tools.

The theft was reported the morning of May 20. By May 21, investigators were able to find the stolen property. The case was led by Deputy Taylor and Ranger Clay McKinney of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. Chief Deputy Perkins and Deputy David Frank, both of the Pecos County Sheriff’s Office, assisted in the investigation and the recovery of the items.

The United States Marshal Services, Border Patrol, Texas and Southwesternb Cattle Raisers Association and the Fort Stockton Police Department all assisted in the arrest.

In addition to the third-degree felony theft warrants, Duforat has three felony Failure to Appears warrants from the 112th District Court, and Greathouse has a Blue Warrant for a parole violation.