LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - For his part in stealing railroad spikes and metal plates from railroad property in October 2012, a 50-year-old Lufkin man was sentenced to six months in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison.
Ray Garcia appeared before Judge Gerald Goodwin for a sentencing hearing during Friday morning "rocket docket."
Garcia, L.P. Lewis, and Edwardo Reyes, were arrested at the scene on Oct. 16 after a railroad employee spotted one of them acting suspiciously around the railroad tracks in the vicinity of 700 N. First Street and called 911. When the Lufkin Police officer arrived on the scene, he caught the three men in the act of stealing buckets of railroad spikes and metal plates and putting them in a Chrysler minivan parked near the railroad tracks.
In addition to the railroad spikes and the metal plates, the three men were also found to be in possession of a train tow chain valued at $2,000. All three men were charged with theft of property between $1,500 and $20,000, which is a state-jail felony.