KTRE's Crime Stoppers report helps solve copper theft cases

NACOGDOCHES,TX (KTRE) - The Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office recently cleared several thefts of copper wire totaling thousands of dollars in value and arrested 22 year old Dallas Joseph Caldwell of Shelby County on a felony Theft warrant in connection with those crimes.

Caldwell is believed to have taken hundreds of pounds of electrical cables from oil well sites in Eastern Nacogdoches County between November, 2009 and January, 2010.

According to a news release from the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's office, investigators were acting on information obtained after the thefts were featured on a local "Crime Stoppers"  broadcast, when they located a salvage yard in Shelby County where Caldwell had sold several hundred pounds of the copper wiring.

Assisted by the Shelby County Sheriff's Office and Shelby County Constable Chad Sparks,  sheriff's investigators went to Caldwell's residence where they discovered additional strips of copper wire that matched some of the wiring taken from oil rigs belonging to Pioneer and Nabors Drilling that had been located in the Martinsville and Chireno areas of Nacogdoches County.  Several burn piles where the insulation had been burned from the copper wire were also located at his residence.

An investigator from Texas Parks and Wildlife Environmental Crimes Unit  assisted in the execution of the warrant and is investigating possible Environmental Law violations that may have been committed from burning the wire coating.

Caldwell was arraigned in Shelby County and then transported to the Nacogdoches County Jail.  He's charged with Theft (State Jail Felony).  His bond was set at $100,000.00.

"My office appreciates the assistance we received from our law enforcement partners, as well as the help we received from the public in solving this crime and putting this individual behind bars," Sheriff Thomas Kerss stated in a new release.