The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office has charged five people with burglary of a building relating to an early-morning incident Aug. 24.

Deputies were dispatched at about 3 a.m. to a residence in the 5300 block of Farm-to-Market 660 near the Bristol community in

reference to a man reporting that two men had stolen his four-wheeler from his garage, Lt. Jason Westmoreland said. 

Deputies responded to the scene and Ferris police officers set up to watch for any suspicious activity on FM 660 coming into their city, subsequently stopping a vehicle occupied by a female and four males a short time later entering their city limits, Westmoreland said, noting that two of the males were observed breathing heavily, as if they had just been chased.

Deputies arrived on scene and interviewed the occupants of the vehicle, Westmoreland said, saying that one of the vehicle occupants confessed that they had, in fact, attempted to steal the four-wheeler.

The female passenger, who was identified as the mother of two of the vehicle’s occupants, also admitted she had accompanied the males to the location to steal the four-wheeler, Westmoreland said.

“It was determined that all five persons in the vehicle were involved in the theft and they were all taken into custody on a charge of burglary of a building,” Westmoreland said. “They were transported to the Wayne McCollum Detention Center, where they were charged with the burglary offense.”

Arrested were Vandal Herring, 52, of Lancaster; Roy Herring, 19, of Lancaster; Troy Herring, 19, of Lancaster; Justin Flores, 17, of Ennis; and Marshall Bradford, 17, of Lancaster.

They were each arraigned on a charge of burglary of a building by Justice of the Peace Curtis Polk, with bond set for each at $5,000. 

Westmoreland said he expects “additional charges to be filed against some of the subjects in connection with numerous other thefts of all terrain vehicles in the Red Oak/Lancaster/Ferris areas.” 

Sheriff Johnny Brown expressed his appreciation to the Ferris Police Department for its assistance with the investigation.

“It is the continued cooperation between law enforcement agencies in Ellis County, as well as information from citizens that results in the arrest of those out committing thefts and burglaries,” Brown said.

Anyone with any information regarding these cases is encouraged to contact the sheriff’s office’s criminal investigation division at 972-824-4901.