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Parker County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Division investigators recovered a large amount of stolen property stemming from a Weatherford-Parker County Special Crimes Unit case.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said the SCU under cover operation was to purchase stolen weapons from a suspect, identified as Michael Shawn Higgins, 43, of Mineral Wells.
Higgins was found in possession of two handguns, and is currently on federal probation, prohibiting him from possessing any firearms.
“This is excellent work by our investigators,” Sheriff’ Fowler said. “They conducted an under cover investigation which led to the arrest of the suspect and cleared multiple cases for the sheriff’s office as well as several other law enforcement agencies.”
Once Higgins was detained and during an interview, Higgins implicated himself in numerous burglaries of area storage facilities.
Sheriff’s investigators searched Higgins’ residence in the 600 block of North East Sixth Avenue in Mineral Wells and a personal storage unit on Highway 180 West, and discovered a large amount of stolen property including tools, coins, a go-cart, law equipment, fishing and camping gear, construction equipment, weapons and ammunition and knives.
The recovered stolen items are being processed by sheriff’s investigators and will be returned to the rightful owners. Other items were identified and confirmed as stolen outside of Parker County and later collected as evidence by Mineral Wells Police Department, Palo Pinto Sheriff’s Office, and Stephenville Police Department.
Higgins was charged with two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon. His bond was set at $20,000. As of Thursday morning, he remained incarcerated at the Parker County Jail. Additional charges are pending the ongoing investigation.