Scrap metal thieves caught in act by concerned neighbor

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 11:02am

Two people are caught in the act of stealing for scrap metal money, thanks to a watchful neighbor.

The Nacogdoches County Constable Office precinct 4 arrested two people in connection with a theft after receiving a call from the Black Jack Community near Chireno, Texas.

Law enforcement was notified of the call, when a neighbor observed a suspicious vehicle enter onto the property and start loading equipment into the bed of there pickup truck. The neighbor then called the owner of the property to verify who was on the land. The neighbor attempted to confront the two suspects as they were leaving the property but both suspects fled from the scene until they were stopped on highway 21.

Deputy Constable Allen was able to locate the suspect vehicle that was observed leaving the scene by the property owner. Constable Bridges stated that the vehicle was loaded down with equipment for farm use. They were apparently taking these items to the scrap yard to sell as scrap metal. Bridges stated that most of the material that the two suspect’s had taken was still functional and being utilized on machinery.

Constable Bridges stated that this was another incident of our citizens being watchful and looking out for there community. We have had great success in clearing these types of theft crimes, but the big reason for that are our citizens.

Phipps, Terry 33 years of age from Broaddus, Texas and Celeste Andrade 31 years of age from Broaddus, Texas were both arrested on charges of Theft, State Jail Felony. Constable Bridges stated that all property was recovered and returned to the owner. Both subjects were booked into the Nacogdoches County Jail.


        Celeste Andrade                           Terry Phipps

From Nacogdoches County Constable's Office


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