Stolen oil field equipment found in Hobbs home

Posted at: 11/07/2013 6:32 PM
Updated at: 11/07/2013 7:49 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

HOBBS, N.M. -- Agents in Lea County said they found more than $60,000 worth of stolen oil field equipment at one Hobbs home, but that wasn't all they found at the suspected thief's home.    

James Mickey Cochran is accused of preying on oil country's wide open spaces.

Lea County agents said Cochran stole numerous tools and expensive electrical equipment from oil field sites in Lea County, Eddy County and Gaines County, Texas. But it didn't end there.

Lea County Drug Task Force said when they searched Cochran's property, they found over 100 stolen items, including a Ford F-150, a motorcycle engine, and a 4-wheeler.

That 4-wheeler belonged to Patrick Sim.

"You feel violated," he said.

Sim said his barn was broken into last week and more than $12,000 worth of stuff was stolen from him.

"He went through everything, prowled through everything looking for something else to steal," Sim said.

He didn't think he was going to see any of it again. That is, until he got a call from police to come to Cochran's house.

"Stuff was scattered everywhere and there's all kinds of stuff out there that you know belongs to other people," Sim said. "He stays busy, he's not lazy. He's out stealing all over the county, and actually in Texas too."

Sim said he's just happy to have his stuff back and a thief off the streets.

Agents tell KOB there are still 30 items from Cochran's home that haven't been claimed by their rightful owners.