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Edinburg man accused of selling stolen goats from the trunk of his car

Investigators have arrested an Edinburg man accused of selling stolen goats from the trunk of a car. (Photo courtesy of the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office)

Investigators have arrested an Edinburg man accused of selling stolen goats from the trunk of a car.

The Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office arrested Jorge Luis Torres, 18, of Edinburg last week, according to the criminal complaint against him.

Investigators started working the case May 4, when someone called the Sheriff's Office to report five goats missing.

The owner said he heard about someone selling goats near the intersection of Farm-to-Market Road 1925 and Brushline Road, according to the criminal complaint. He went to the intersection and took back the stolen goats.

Investigators also met with a witness, who told them "a man in a white Ford Crown Victoria or Mercury Grand Marquis stop (sic) by his home and sold him 4 goats from the trunk of his car," according to the criminal complaint. The witness identified Torres as the man who sold him the stolen goats.

The Sheriff's Office tracked down Torres and charged him with theft of fewer than 10 head of livestock worth less than $20,000, a state jail felony.

Jailers released Torres on Friday. He couldn't be reached for comment.

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