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Citizen tips lead to charges for theft of a vehicle

Cathrine Lamb
Washington County News

HOLMES COUNTY- Holmes County Sheriff’s Office  one suspect is in custody and one suspect is still at-large  in connection to a vehicle that was stolen and then recovered in early August.

Deputies responded Thursday, August 6, to a local automotive shop, where a truck  had been stolen. HCSO  sought the public’s assistance by posting photos of the truck on social media.

Brandon Thomas

On Saturday, August 8, a citizen called to report seeing the truck abandoned at the end of Boat Ramp Road. The vehicle was recovered, and the investigation continued into the theft.

Another citizen called in a tip to the Bonifay Police Department Sunday, September 27.

This tip helped the investigators to identify the suspects in the vehicle theft as 27-year-old Brandon Charles Lee Thomas of Bonifay and 53-year-old Robert Jack Hippler of Caryville.

Robert Jack Hippler is still at large and has a warrant out for his arrest for grand theft of a vehicle.

Brandon Charles Lee Thomas was already in the Holmes County Jail on unrelated charges, with the additional charge of Grand theft of a vehicle being added.

Sheriff John Tate would like to thank local citizens for coming forward with information regarding this case.