The arrest followed a theft report of property on Dippel Road in Woodsboro, made on Feb. 25.
The reported theft was of three hunting dogs valued in range from $7,000 to $10,000. The dogs were Black Mouth Cur hog hunting dogs.
The Refugio Major Crimes Unit initiated an investigation into the theft which took investigators to Goliad County and Kleberg County after interviewing several potential witnesses.
After following leads, investigators were contacted by the Kingsville Police Department that a sting operation was conducted where Jose Aurelio Garza was arrested trying to sell the hunting dogs to an individual.
The transaction occurred at the Love’s Truck Stop on U.S. Highway 77 in Kingsville.
The hunting dogs were being sold for $750 each. The Kingsville Police Department took custody of the suspect and the hunting dogs.
The hunting dogs were identified by the Refugio County resident and were returned to the owner.
Jose Aurelio Garza was arrested for possession of stolen property, which falls under a state jail felony.
Garza was also arrested for unlawful possession of a weapon, filed as a Class A misdemeanor. Bond was set at $10,000, and Garza was incarcerated in the Kleberg County Jail.