Two Deer Park Men Arrested for String of Deer Camp Burglaries, More Arrests Expected,HORTENCE, September 15, 2012 - After a one month investigation the Criminal Investigation Division of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two Deer Park, Tx. residents for the burglary of at least six deer camps in the Hortence area. The deer camps consisted of cabins and travel trailers left over the summer months on a deer lease. It is believed the burglaries occurred on several different occasions over the summer months.
The owners reported game cameras, guns, ammunition, T.V.’s, whitetail deer mounts, flashlights, backpacks, binoculars, and various brands of beer and alcohol stolen from the camps.
One of the camp owners remembered catching some young adults trespassing on his property earlier in the year and remembered one of their names. Detective Richard Delaney was able to locate a large amount of the stolen property in Pawn Shops located in Deer Park and Livingston, which had been pawned by the trespasser.
On September 11th warrants for Burglary of a Habitation were issued on Michael Lewis Margison and James Benton, both from Deer Park, Tx. On September 13 Margison and Benton turned themselves into the Polk County Jail. Margison was charged with three counts of Burglary of a Habitation and Benton was charged with one count of Burglary of a Habitation. More arrests are expected in this case.
Several thousand dollars worth of stolen property was recovered and returned to the owners.
Michael Lewis Margison, 20 , of Deer Park.
James Benton, 19, of Deer Park
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