Three men were taken into custody early Saturday morning after sheriff’s deputies said they found them in a vehicle suspected in the theft of four-wheelers in the Red Oak area.

An affidavit filed with the case indicates deputies Joshua Atilano and Ella Cheek were on routine patrol at about 2 a.m. in the area of U.S. Highway 287 Business and the northbound service road of Interstate 35E when they spotted a pickup matching the suspect vehicle description.

“In addition, this yellow pickup truck had a four-wheeler in the back of the vehicle. The four-wheeler was unsecured in the back of the pickup,” the affidavit reads.

Upon making a traffic stop, the deputies made contact with the vehicle’s three occupants, who were identified in the affidavit as Kenneth Chase Myers, 24, the driver; Christopher Ray Hinchliffe, 23, passenger in the middle; and William Chase Hughes, 21, seated by the passenger window and the vehicle’s owner.

A check on the four-wheeler indicated it had been reported stolen out of the sheriff’s office, with the vehicle occupants subsequently arrested for theft, according to the affidavit.

All three men were booked into Wayne McCollum Detention Center on a state jail felony charge of theft of property, over $1,500. Bond was set at $10,000 for each.

Contact JoAnn at or 469-517-1452.