A 19-year-old Ardmore man has been arrested  in a case that already linked two other teens to an ongoing series of rural auto burglaries.
Carter County Sheriff Chris Bryant, said Sawyer Allen Roe, also known as Sawyer Hill, was taken into custody Wednesday without incident. He was arrested on a warrant charging him as Sawyer Hill with taking/receiving a stolen credit/debit card. He appeared in Carter County District Court Wednesday afternoon on the misdemeanor charge and was released from the Carter County Detention Center a short time later after posting a $300 cash bond.
“We are slowly but surely making headway in this case,” Bryant said Wednesday afternoon.
The sheriff said Roe (Hill) was linked to the case  when he was identified on a local store security video that recorded an attempt to use a credit card stolen New Year’s Eve during a South Plainview Road auto burglary.
“That security video resulted in further investigation which led to evidence that tied him to the case,” Bryant said.
Simon Gonzalez Jr., 18, Springer, was charged with the same misdemeanor crime Jan. 6. Gonzalez was also identified in surveillance video taken of an attempt to use the stolen credit card at a local retail store. The video, as well as physical evidence led to the charge.  Gonzalez is currently free on a $250 personal recognizance bond pending the outcome of his case.  
Meanwhile Nathaniel Jones, 18, Ardmore, is facing charges connected to a New Year’s Day auto burglary in Gene Autry.  Jones is charged with felonies including second-degree burglary, possession of a firearm in commission of a felony, as well as a motion to accelerate a deferred sentence in a previous drug case. Jones currently remains detained in the county jail pending the posting of a $15,000 bond or the outcome of the case.
Bryant says the investigation is continuing into what is believed to be a ring of thieves responsible for the ongoing auto burglaries.
“We are working very hard to end this rash of crimes. However, I would again strongly urge everyone to keep their vehicles locked. For the most part these are snatch and grab thefts that are occurring because vehicles are left unsecured. It takes just seconds to lock a vehicle and make sure things like wallets and electronics are not left in plain sight and it prevents these rip off crimes that are accomplished in seconds because all it takes is opening the door and grabbing what’s inside,” he said.
Citizens’ tips concerning the burglaries have also assisted deputies in the arrests of the three teens and those with information concerning others involved in the thefts are urged to contact sheriff’s department at (580) 223-6014.
“We appreciate any and all information and we take all tips seriously,” Bryant said. “Alert citizens often times notice things that end up being very important as these investigations play out. We encourage anyone with any information to call us or come by our offices.”