The vehicle was a gray, 2005 GMC Sierra, and deputies first heard of the incident as the vehicle reached FM Road 796 heading to Beeville.
Police in Houston had contacted the Beeville Police Department to let them know of the vehicle being in the area.
Deputy Ronnie Jones said the vehicle had gone around Beeville before reaching FM Road 673. At that point, deputies here spotted the truck and gave chase.
The vehicle then turned onto County Road 104 and then turned into a ranch in that area.
As the chasing deputy turned on his emergency lights and went after the stolen truck, the thief accelerated and drove through a fence in the back yard of the ranch house.
The truck then shot through three more fences before the deputy lost sight of it. The thief managed to lose the deputy by speeding through heavy brush that the patrol car could not negotiate.
At that point, the chase was joined by another deputy driving one of the Bee County Sheriff’s Office special four-wheel drive patrol trucks.
Deputies in the special truck were able to track the stolen vehicle, but the thief still managed to end up ditching the truck several miles from where it had last been seen.
Deputies realized that the truck had been driven through several more fences in an effort to escape.
The occupants had managed to get away on foot, Jones reported.
Sheriff Carlos Carrizales Jr. said Tuesday that there has been a dramatic increase in stolen vehicles coming through Bee County. Carrizales said he believes the vehicle his deputies chased Monday was carrying undocumented immigrants.
One of the problems deputies had in catching up with the stolen truck was the high volume of traffic seen on roads in the north end of the county.
Oil field activity north of Bee County has brought an increase in traffic. And persons smuggling illegals into the state are known to be accompanied by chase vehicles that assist the smugglers in escaping.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.