New charges filed against area man in burglary ring investigation

Billy Tate Shoaf. (Jail photo)
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GATESVILLE, Texas (KWTX) Eight additional charges have been filed against a Gatesville man arrested in connection with a major theft investigation in which hundreds of stolen items have been recovered.

Billy Tate Shoaf, 35, was arrested in September after investigators discovered trailer loads of stolen items in his house and on his property in Gatesville, authorities said.

Shoaf now faces a total of 17 charges.

He remains jailed in lieu of bonds totaling $230,000.

Since September the investigation has expanded from Coryell County to Bosque, Bell and McLennan counties, authorities say, and involves thefts and burglaries stretching back as far as two years.

Shoaf was arrested on Sept. 11 after officers attempted to serve an arrest warrant for him at 110 Old Waco St.

"While at the residence multiple items were observed in plain view, which were known to be items taken in burglaries," Chief Coryell County Deputy Mark Wilcox said at the time.

Investigators obtained a search warrant, which led to the recovery of items taken in burglaries in Coryell, Bosque and Bell counties he said.

Authorities also received information about other stolen items that were in a storage facility in Gatesville.

On Sept. 12 they obtained a warrant, searched the facility and recovered additional stolen property, he said.

Since then the investigation has led to the recovery of other stolen items.

A 14-page handwritten inventory of the recovered items released earlier this fall includes a number of power tools, trimmers, chainsaws, welders, lawnmowers, a crossbow, firearms, binoculars, a bowling ball, tackle boxes, game cameras, golf clubs, camping equipment, clay pigeons, a pop-up deer blind, computers, baseball and football cards and power cords.