A San Antonio man was sentenced to prison Friday for theft of thousands of dollars of tires, which state investigators said could be part of an organized theft ring using stolen rental trucks.
Alfonso Escobar Sosa, 36, was given a seven-year prison sentence Friday morning by Judge Robert Brotherton.
It will not be Sosa’s first stay in prison, as his record shows prison terms in 2014 and 2015 with several convictions in Bexar County.
Police say $40,000 worth of tires were stolen in Wichita Falls in January on Jacksboro Highway.
Police said T&W Tire on Jacksboro Highway reported a burglary on January 15, 2018, and when surveillance video was reviewed it showed a U-Haul truck backing up to the warehouse door about midnight and then leaving after 20 minutes.
Police say siding to the building had been peeled off so the door could be unlocked inside.
About 8:30 a.m. the same day, San Antonio police got a report of a U-Haul truck being driven erratically by a man in a mask.
Police found the truck on a lot, backed up to another box truck.
Officers said two men were transferring items from the UHaul to the other truck.
Authorities said they detained the two men and a woman sleeping in a Mercedes nearby.
Texas Department of Public Safety Investigators said there have been numerous thefts of T&W stores using UHaul trucks stolen right before the break-ins.
Police here confirmed the U-Haul had been stolen at the U-Haul center on Kell Boulevard.