More arrests made after stolen property ring discovered in Logan County

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GUTHRIE, Okla. – It all started when authorities discovered a stolen welder during a traffic stop.

However, officials say that traffic stop has led them to a crime ring.

Chief Deputy Richard Stephens, with the Logan County Sheriff’s Office, says Allen Travis Hand is facing charges for allegedly¬†hiding stolen property at his house in southern Logan County.

He was arrested Monday night, almost one month after Ray Helton and Athena Russell were arrested.

“It’s difficult to determine who stole all of these various items,” Stephens said.

Stephens said there were dozens of random items found at Hand’s home including two stolen vehicles, trailers, tractors, 46-foot long roof joints and firearms.

Officials say they also discovered marijuana, cash, ammunition, body armor, meth, a shotgun and key making equipment.

Stephens says investigators even recovered property belonging to a police officer.

“Trailers, construction equipment, skid loaders, tractors, things like that,” Stephens said. “There’s a large black market for that stuff either here in the United States or south of the border in Mexico.”

Hand was charged Tuesday with possession of drugs, firearms and 15 counts of concealing stolen property.

However, more charges could follow.