On Wednesday, August 6, 2014 Deputy Sheriff Investigators Steve Misterek and Mike
Fisher with the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office made a discovery of a couple of off-road utility vehicles that were hidden in a wooded area near Benchley. The UTV’s were reported stolen from a nearby ranch about a week earlier.
With the cooperation of the landowner and the victim of the theft, the investigators
staked out the area where the UTV’s were hidden with the game cameras and concealed GPS tracking devices in the UTV’s. Roughly 24 hours later the “alerts” went off on our cell phones,” said Sheriff Gerald Yezak.
Deputy Sheriff Investigator Karen Box tracked the movement of the stolen UTV on her
computer and radioed its direction of travel to responding units. Sgt. Calvin Scasta &
Investigator Mike Fisher located and arrested the suspect, Joshua Soliz, 23, in the yard of his residence on Russell Lane with the stolen UTV.
Investigator Steve Misterek and Deputy Chris Sanders arrived promptly at the location and further investigation led to the recovery of approximately $17,000 worth of stolen property from four burglary/thefts and the additional arrest of a 16 year old male juvenile accomplice.
Game camera footage depicts the suspect, Soliz, walking in the direction of the stolen
UTV’s approximately two minutes prior to the initial alert of the GPS tracking device.
Soliz was taken before Robertson County Justice of the Peace Pct. #3, Keith Robinson and was charged with felony Theft $1500-$20,000 and Burglary of a Habitation. He remains in the Robertson County Jail in lieu of $40,000 in bonds.
The juvenile suspect was transported to the Juvenile Detention Center in Rockdale,