1 arrested, 1 on the loose following ETX tractor, Bush Hog theft

Joey Smith/ David Parker
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 7:56pm

One person was arrested and a second is on the loose after a pair of men were caught allegedly stealing heavy equipment.

On Monday afternoon, deputies were dispatched to a burglary in progress near County Road 262 in Nacogdoches County.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the suspect's used a tractor to pull another tractor from a wooded area and crank it. The duo then hooked up a Bush Hog mower to their tractor and headed in different directions, each on a tractor.

Responding law enforcement found Joey Van-Cooper Smith, 26, on his tractor with the stolen Bush Hog close-by County Road 262. He was arrested and booked into the Nacogdoches County Jail and charged with theft.

Detectives later found the stolen tractor at a house on Appleby Sand Road, but the suspect, David Heath Parker, 23, had already left the scene and is still on the loose. A theft warrant for Parker was obtained by authorities.

If you have information on this case, please contact your local law enforcement.


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