LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Police officers arrested a local man in connection to the theft of a Jenkins Plumbing chop saw valued at $1,600 after he tried to sell it at two local pawn shops.
Anthony Bean, of Lufkin, was arrested on Sept. 15. He is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a third-degree felony charge of theft between $1,500 and $20,000, and his bond has been set at $30,000.
According to the arrest affidavit from the Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace, a customer spotted Bean at Ken's Pawn Shop on Sept. 12, where the suspect was allegedly trying to pawn a chop saw with identifying markings from Jenkins Plumbing. After the employees of the pawn shop were made aware of the fact, they chose not to do business with Bean.
At that point, the witness called Jenkins Plumbing and notified the business of what had happened and followed Bean to East Texas Pawn, where he tried to pawn the saw again. Gary Jenkins of Jenkins Plumbing called Jim Davis, the owner of East Texas Pawn, and the pawn shop owner agreed to try to stall the suspect.
After Davis told Bean that the pawn shop couldn't take the saw, the suspect allegedly went outside and put the saw into the back of a pickup truck. Jenkins arrived on the scene, "made contact with the suspect," and recovered the saw. Then Bean allegedly fled the scene on foot before Lufkin Police officers could arrive on the scene.
Detective J.B. Smith, the public information officer for the Lufkin Police Department, said that an officer spotted Bean in the 1100 block of South Timberland Drive at about 12:30 a.m. Sept. 15. Because the officer knew that Bean had an outstanding warrant for his arrest, he took the man into custody and transported him to the Angelina County Jail.
Jenkins told Lufkin Police officers that the chop saw was stolen from a job site at S. Timberland Drive. The power tool was last seen in the bed of one of his work trucks.