Abilene man indicted on evading arrest, multiple theft charges

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ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – An Abilene man was indicted Thursday for multiple charges, including two counts of theft, two counts of unauthorized operation of a motor vehicle and evading arrest, according to court documents. 

James Robert Holder, 50, of Abilene was arrested on May 1 after Abilene police traced two vehicles stolen to his possession, according to the documents. 

On May 1, a Ford pickup truck was reported stolen to Abilene police. Two officers located the truck later that day and conducted surveillance. Holder was seen approaching the vehicle and entering as the lone occupant, according to the documents. After the officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop, Holder attempted to evade. Pursuit of Holder was ceased due to his reckless driving, according to the documents. 

The stolen vehicle was then later located stopped, with Holder seeming to have fled the scene. One K9 unit responded to the scene and began work locating Holder, who was later found hiding in a wooden shack nearby. 

After his arrest, Holder later admitted to Abilene police that he did steal the Ford pickup, along with another Chevrolet pickup reported stolen that same day, according to the documents. 

Tools were reported to be in both trucks stolen by Holder, and were later located at a house in the 3000 block of South 5th Street. 

Holder was taken to the Taylor County Jail, where his bonds totaled $91,000. 

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