JASPER, Texas–The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office will be sending out an arrest warrant for a man arrested in Jasper County, Texas on Friday, said Chief of Detectives Marvin Hilton on Monday morning.


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JASPER, Texas–The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office will be sending out an arrest warrant for a man arrested in Jasper County, Texas on Friday, said Chief of Detectives Marvin Hilton on Monday morning.
Deputies with the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department arrested Joshua Wayne Thorsen, a 27-year-old Burkeville man, on Friday in connection with a spate of burglaries that span at least four counties in Texas and two parishes in Louisiana. So far, thousands of dollars worth of jewelry, tools and other items have been recovered, some buried in the mud on the Texas side of the Sabine River under the Hwy. 63 bridge.
"We interviewed one of the suspects (Thorsen), and recovered a T.V. and other items from two burglaries here," said Hilton, referring to a burglary off La. 111 on Good Hope Church Road and another on Texas Hwy.
Hilton said he expected another individual to be arrested, as well.
"Once they (Texas law enforcement) can, we'll extradite them over here on our charges," the detective said.
Lieutenant Paul Tomplait of the Jasper County Sheriff's Office told KJAS.com that the investigation began earlier in the week with the burglary of a home in the south end of Jasper County.
The value of the items recovered so far was estimated to be well over $15,000, with more items being recovered every day and more arrests imminent.
Tomplait said that he, along with an investigator from Sabine Parish, at Many, were knee deep in mud until the early morning hours digging for still more stolen goods under the Hwy. 63 bridge.
According to Tomplait, Thorsen claimed that he was an actor when he was booked into the Jasper County Jail and charged with burglary. More charges are pending, and his bond has been set at $2,000.
The burglaries are thought to cover Jasper, Newton, Sabine, and Tyler counties, as well as Sabine and Vernon parishes. Stolen merchandise had been found in numerous pawn shops on both sides of the Sabine River.
Tomplait said it appeared that drug use was a factor in the burglaries.

Tammy Sharp contributed to this article.