NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Judge Campbell Cox II of the 145th Judicial District Court in Nacogdoches sentenced a 33-year-old Broaddus man to seven years in prison for his part in a farm equipment theft incident in the Blackjack community near Chireno.
Terry Wayne Phipps was booked back the Nacogdoches County Jail on two state jail felony charges of theft between $1,500 and $20,000 on Thursday.
Phipps and his accomplice, Celeste Andrade, also of Broaddus, were arrested by deputy constables from the Pct. 4 Constable's Office on Jan. 23.
Pct. 4 Constable Jason Bridges said that his office received a report of a theft in progress in the Blackjack community. A neighbor spotted a suspicious vehicle entering a nearby property. Then the people from the pickup were seen loading equipment into the bed of their truck.
The neighbor then called the property owner to verify who was on the land. When the neighbor attempted to confront the two suspects as they were leaving the property, but they fled the scene.
Phipps and Andrade were later stopped on Highway 21 by a deputy constable from Bridges' office. Bridges said that their pickup was loaded down with farm equipment. Most of the equipment was still functional.
"They were apparently taking these items to a scrap yard to sell as scrap metal," a press release stated.