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Vehicle thefts on the rise
Houston County Courier

By Lynda Jones

On Monday, Aug, 12, Crockett Police Department officers responded to two different locations in reference to stolen vehicles. At around 7:20 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 700 block of Polk Ave. in reference to a stolen 2004 Ford F-250. Then, at approximately 7:30 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 400 block of East Bell St. in reference to a stolen 2011 Toyota Camry, CPD Public Information Officer/Detective Clayton Smith reported in a press release Wednesday, Aug. 14. "Both of these vehicles were believed to have been stolen sometime during the night and possibly by the same suspect," Smith reported. Both vehicles were recovered the same day but found at different locations. The investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Crockett Police Department at 936-544-2021. On Tuesday, Aug. 13, CPD officers arrested Frank Love for three outstanding warrants, (2) Misdemeanor Theft and (1) Robbery, a felony. According to Smith, officers made contact with Love in the 700 block of Cedar St., and during this contact Love was found to be in possession of a chainsaw and a lawn mower. "While on scene, it was discovered that the chainsaw had just been stolen and was later returned to the owner." Smith stated. "The Cub Cadet Lawn Mower is believed to be stolen and was taken to the Crockett Police Department for safekeeping." CPD currently is attempting to locate the owner." The warrants stemmed from three different incidents that occurred at local businesses around Crockett, according to Smith. On July 31, Love was caught stealing five 30-packs of beer from HEB. Smith alleged. "When confronted by store personnel, Love threatened an employee, grabbed two of the five 30-packs and fled toward the parking lot." Smith further stated. Also, on Aug. 2 and Aug. 3, Love allegedly stole a total of nine 30-packs of beer from Brookshire Brothers in Crockett, according to Smith. On July 11, Cody Wade and Michael Miracle were arrested for allegedly stealing two Zero Turn Lawnmowers from Fish & Still Equipment. The two were charged with third degree theft (felony). "During the arrest, the vehicle that Wade was driving, a Ford F-250, was taken to (CPD) and stored for possible seizure since it was used in a felony," Smith reported. "The license plates and VIN plate that the vehicle had on it at the time were registered to Cody Wade." Smith explained that, after receiving information the truck was stolen, CPD investigators contacted DPS officials who came to Crockett and identified the Ford as a vehicle that was reported stolen in Fort Worth on May 1. "A warrant for another third degree theft charge was issued for Wade, who had already bonded out of jail, and he was arrested at his family business in Trinity on Aug. 9. Crockett Police Department would like to thank DPS for their assistance in this arrest," Smith reported. On Aug. 9, CPD officers were dispatched to the 1400 block of East Loop 304 (Bailey's Auto Center) in reference to a stolen wrecker, Smith reported Friday, Aug. 16. The suspect entered the business and expressed interest in purchasing the wrecker, according to Smith's report. "Officers learned that while taking the wrecker for a test drive, the suspect went to Wal-Mart and had a copy of the key made. It is believed that the suspect returned during the night and stole the wrecker," Smith stated. "It is believed that the suspect may also be driving a Brown Chrysler Caravan with Alabama dealer tags on the rear," Smith added. Anyone with information can contact the Crockett Police Department at 936- 544-2021.


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