NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Nacogdoches Police officers arrested a 56-year-old man Tuesday for allegedly breaking into Fish & Still Equipment on the loop and stole more than $27,000 in chain saws, weed eaters, and gas blowers in February.
Dezell Young Jr., of Houston, is still being held in the Nacogdoches County Jail on a third-degree felony charge of theft between $20,000 and $100,000. His bail has been set at $25,000.
According to the arrest affidavit, an NPD officer was on patrol on the evening of Feb. 24 when he noticed that the security gate was open at the Fish & still Equipment business located at 3927 NW Stallings Drive. Further investigation revealed that someone had broken in the front door of the business and taken the various pieces of lawn equipment valued at more than $27,000.
NPD investigators obtained surveillance camera footage that showed three suspects drive up to Fish & Still Equipment, enter the closed business, and load the equipment into the cargo area of the U-Haul truck.
They managed to make out the U-Haul truck's license plate number and learned that the truck had been rented to Young. They also learned that the truck was overdue to be returned.
Officers with the Houston Police Department located the moving truck at a residence in the 8600 block of Josie Street in Houston. As it turned out, the address was one street over and within viewing range of Young's home address.
A search warrant was obtained, and police officers found property belonging to Fish & Still Equipment in the back of the U-Haul.