Walters vehicle thefts, fires traced to convicted felon
A 28-year-old Walters man with a prior prison record is looking at the possibility of life behind bars after being charged with multiple car thefts and fires.
James Fay Gwin made his initial appearance Tuesday in Cotton County District Court where he was charged with four separate felony cases: four counts of larceny of automobile and two counts of arson, according to court records.
His prior conviction record was entered into the record which makes up to life in prison his ultimate punishment for each charge. He was convicted in February 2006 in LeFlore County for felony charges of larceny of motor vehicle and unauthorized use of motor vehicle, records indicate. He was released from Department of Corrections supervision in January 2013.
Gwin is accused of: stealing a Dodge pickup on Dec. 12, 2013, stealing and setting fire to a Chevrolet pickup on Jan. 11, stealing a Toyota Tundra pickup on Feb. 3, and of stealing and setting fire to a Chrysler PT Cruiser on Feb. 21, according to the charges.
Cotton County Sheriff's Department investigators took a report Feb. 3 from Kenneth White who lives in rural Walters about his Toyota Tundra being taken around 3:45 a.m. The truck was found at 7:30 a.m. at 601 E. Virginia, according to the court affidavit. White said he'd had two guns stolen as well. Walters Police Chief Michael Carter learned Gwin may be responsible for the thefts on Feb. 21 after Gwin's girlfriend implicated him in several burglaries and car thefts in and around Walters, including White's residence, the affidavit states. Carter and State Fire Marshal Marshal Sheppard spoke with Gwin regarding other auto thefts, burglaries and several vehicle fires.