EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - Press Release
On the morning of August 28, 2011, employees of the Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative discovered that someone burglarized the equipment yard of the Coop's San Augustine headquarters.
While investigators are certain that the burglary occurred between August 26th and 28th, information from employees may narrow the date of occurrence to Sunday, August 28th.
The suspects forced entry into the equipment yard by cutting the perimeter fence and, once inside of the yard, they loaded one of the Coop's trucks with tires, chain saws, and copper cable. The suspects cut a chain securing a gate and used the truck to shuttle the stolen property through a pasture adjacent to the facility and away from the yard.
In the course of committing this crime, the suspects caused damage to the body of the truck by side-swiping objects and added forty miles to the truck's odometer before abandoning it near the Highway 21 entrance to the facility.
In addition to the property damage caused, the suspects stole nearly $9,000 worth of property, included; #6 and #8 solid copper solid copper cable, twenty-eight Cooper and Goodyear brand tires, and Stihl brand gas-powered equipment.
Equipment stolen includes; a Stihl MS 391 chain saw, a Stihl MS 250 chain saw, and a Stihl BT 45 pole drill.
Types and sizes of tires stolen include; Cooper Discover H/T LT 235/75R15 and 235/75R16, Cooper Discover S/T LT 225/75R16 and 245/70R17, Cooper Discover STT LT 265/75R16, and Goodyear G622 265/75R22.5.
If you can provide any information concerning this crime or the location of the stolen property, call Crime Stoppers of Lufkin at (936) 639-TIPS or submit an anonymous tip at www.LufkinCrimeStoppers.com. You never have to give your name and Crime Stoppers may pay a cash reward of up to $2,000 for information that leads to an arrest related to this crime.