Angelina Co. SO: Zavalla scrapyard owner used game cam to ID thief

Jordan Waldon (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Jordan Waldon (Source: Angelina County Jail)

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office arrested a 17-year-old Zavalla man for state-jail felony theft after the owner of a junk yard set up a game camera on his property and allegedly captured photos of the man stealing parts.

Jordan Waldon is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a state-jail felony charge of theft between $1,500 and $20,000 and a misdemeanor charge of no driver's license. Collectively, his bail has been set at $2,500.

According to the arrest affidavit, the victim told the Angelina County Sheriff's office that someone had stolen vehicle parts from his junk yard, which is located at the intersection of Highway 147 and Bill Stickley Road in Zavalla.

Because someone had stolen from him on a prior occasion, the victim had set up a game camera on his property. He captured two images and took the photos to Coleman's Store in Zavalla. The clerk there identified the unknown white male in the pictures as Jordan Waldon.

After speaking with the junk yard owner and the clerk, the ACSO detective drove to Waldon's house in the 400 block of Zavalla's 2nd Street, the affidavit. When Waldon answered the door, the ACSO detective told him he had been caught on camera stealing vehicle parts.

Waldon allegedly replied that his brother had borrowed his truck. Not buying it, the detective said that Waldon has been positively identified as the person in the pictures and asked the 17-year-old where he had taken the metal.

According to the affidavit, Waldon allegedly told the detective that he took the parts to East Texas Recycling on U.S. Highway 69 South.

The ACSO received DVD and a receipt from the scrap yard on March 6.

"I viewed the DVD, and it clearly shows his yellowish Ford Ranger bringing the vehicle parts in his truck," the detective said.

The affidavit stated that the restitution in this case is $3,100.

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