AUSTIN (KXAN) — An interagency investigation led authorities to a home in Bastrop County where they found 719 cases of stolen beer, firearms and more than $100,000 in cash.
The Austin Police Department said they started investigating in September when Capital Distributing Company reported someone had broken into their business and stolen $90,000 worth of alcoholic beverages. With the help of the Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission and the United State Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, a search warrant was issued for a home in the 300 block of Old San Antonio Road in Dale.
When authorities searched the property on Wednesday, they found: money, 20 firearms, exactly 719 12-packs of Dos Equis beer and one large marijuana plant. Police say about 75 percent of the stolen beer was recovered. Out of the firearms, one was a prohibited weapon and two were reported stolen.
Police say the Bastrop County Animal Cruelty Unit was also called for a separate investigation.
Two brothers, Byron Arana, 32, and Wilmar Arana, 29, were arrested and charged with selling alcohol without a license, which is a misdemeanor.