More Victims Reclaim Stolen Property in Multi-County Theft Ring

By: Nicole Morten Email
By: Nicole Morten Email

A trail of tips and what deputies say was a confession led Leon County investigators to a storage shed full of stolen property. They say our story two weeks ago with video of stolen property led to several big breaks in a multi- county theft ring in Leon and Limestone counties.

It's been three weeks and the victims continue coming forward just as quickly as the stolen property is uncovered.

“It’s horrible,” explained Wendy Keith. “It's very violating. They took electronic toothbrushes, electric shavers and I mean they opened every drawer in the house, every cabinet, every...everything.”

Wendy Keith's Leon County home and everything in it, including items she describes as sentimental became targets for these two accused thieves: 22-year-year-old Normangee native, Ethan Tinkham and his girlfriend 39-year-old Jewett native, Jennifer Kay Walla.

Stolen property found inside the couple's rental home on Central Avenue in North Zulch was traced back to Keith.

“They also stole pillows from my couch, decorative crosses on my wall and a vacuum cleaner,” Keith explained.

Last week investigators received another break, but this time it came from the suspect’s family. That information subsequently led them to this storage shed off FM 39 and OSR that was jam packed with stolen furniture and household items.

“They must have been really ballsy to come over to my property because you have to drive 1800 feet down the road and you don’t know what’s at the end of it,” added Keith.

Keith says the two made themselves at home while she was out of town.

“They slept on my beds,” she said. “They came in, spent time in the bedrooms, drank the beer out of my fridge and just took stuff that was sentimental, and stuff that was nonsensical.”

Authorities allege everything inside the couple’s rental home was stolen; including the crosses you see in this cell phone video.

“The crosses off my wall? I mean, does that make any sense? No. We have a good Christian thief," Keith said.

Ethan Tinkham and his girlfriend Jennifer Kay Walla were both arrested on March 13th. Tinkham bonded out, however was back in jail just a few days later for violating his probation. Walla was subsequently transported to McLennan County for outstanding warrants on possession of marijuana and theft.

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