Social media, Sheriff’s Deputies team up to capture Hazy Hollow car thief

Hazy Hollow car thief Billy Deforest.

Magnolia area, July 31 – On July 27, 2017, The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Auto Theft Task Force was contacted by Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office West Precinct Patrol regarding the recovery of a stolen vehicle.

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office West Precinct Patrol learned that a 2011 Ford Mustang GT was stolen in Baytown on July 23, 2017. The vehicle was stolen from the residence after the suspect(s) also burglarized the house and stole several firearms. The victim posted his 2011 Ford Mustang GT as stolen on the social media website Facebook.  After numerous shares of the posting, the victim was contacted via Facebook advising the vehicle shown in the posting has been seen in the Hazy Hollow area in Magnolia, being driven by a male identified as Billy Deforest.

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were dispatched to investigate and subsequently located the stolen vehicle in the 33900 block of Laurel Lane. The suspect(s) attempted to hide the vehicle by placing the vehicle under a cover and placing other items around it.

While Deputies were on scene, William Deforest, aka Billy Deforest arrived on location riding a bicycle. Deputies detained Deforest and subsequently located the keys to the stolen vehicle in his pocket. Based on the interview conducted and the investigation completed, Deforest was placed into custody for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, and transported to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Jail.

Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lieutenant Scott Spencer added, “Thanks to social media and the observant citizens of Montgomery County, a valuable vehicle was returned to its owner.”

 

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