Two East Texas men are behind bars and facing burglary charges for stealing saddles from a ranch and trading them for fake drugs.
The Smith County Sheriff's Office was called Dec. 11 to a ranch in Troup where multiple saddles and tack were stolen from a building.
The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and the Smith County and Gregg County Sheriff's Office worked together to recover two saddles that were traded for fake methamphetamine, according to Special Ranger Larry Hand. They also set up an undercover controlled buy for two additional stolen saddles.
Investigators linked Jacob Aaron McDougal, 26, of Henderson and Addison Hayden Reynolds, 22, of Gladewater, Texas to the burglary at the ranch after investigators interviewed multiple people who handled the stolen goods, according to Hand.
Hand said both men confessed to the burglary.
Reynolds was arrested by Gregg County deputies on Dec. 18 for burglary of a building and violation of his probation out of Midland. He was booked into the Gregg County Jail and later transferred to the Midland County Jail where he was held on a $175,000 bond.
McDougal was arrested by Smith County deputies on Dec. 20. He was charged for burglary of a building and violation of parole. McDougal is being held in the Smith County Jail on a $100,000 bond and a parole violation for which he was not granted bond.