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Thieves hit Wood County hunting cabin for second time this year

WEBXTRA: Thieves hit Wood County hunting cabin for second time this year
Published: Dec. 2, 2021 at 12:37 PM CST
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WOOD COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - An East Texas hunting guide is angered that his hunting cabin has been ransacked and collectable items stolen from it.

It happened at a very remote location off of FM-1254 in Wood county North of Mineola, where the guide says his cabin was broken into, for the second time.

Monday Wood county hunting guide Mark Godwin was checking on his hunting cabin on a remote dirt road north of Mineola, and came across a disturbing find.

“The door had been jimmied open. Many things that had sentimental value were missing,” he says.

Godwin for years had been a guide for duck hunters from all over the state, and had been given many rare antique hunting and fishing items.

And this is not the first time his cabin has been hit.

“It happened the first time back in June. People have given me things over the years that have sentimental value. I’m up to 54-hundred dollars on things that have been stolen, they destroyed my John Deer tractor trying to hot wire it,” Mark says.

“Godwin is somewhat concerned for his own safety coming back to his own cabin. After two burglaries he’s worried they might come back.

I’m watching my back all the time. I don’t want to get in a gunfight with anybody, I just want my stuff back.

There’s a half a bottle of high dollar whisky there, I’m like, all these cabinets are open, why didn’t they take that whisky.

They took an antique rod and reel. On the rafters I had antique lures, they took all of them. Lanterns, they took camping equipment,” Godwin says.

And one theft that didn’t make sense.

“They took a big old alligator skull that I found in the woods many years ago,” says Mark.

Godwin filed a report with the Wood county sheriff’s office in hopes they may find who’s responsible.

“They’re things that mean a lot to me,” he says.

Mark also had a green canoe stolen in this last burglary.

As a security measure, Godwin has put up game cameras around his cabin.

Anyone with information on the burglaries is asked to call the Wood county sheriff’s office.

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