HOUSTON COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Houston County Sheriff's deputies arrested 34-year-old man after a Union Pacific Railroad employee went to investigate an outage at a railroad crossing Tuesday and found a man with a duffel bag stuffed with track wire.
Adarius Dwayne Faggett, of Crockett, is still being held in the Houston County jail on two state-jail felony charges - theft of copper and interference with railroad property. No bail amount was available.
According to the arrest affidavit, a HCSO sergeant was dispatched to the railroad crossing at Austin Street in Crockett to meet with the Crockett Police chief, who had detained Faggett.
Earlier that day, a Union Pacific employee had been checking out an outage near the four-mile park south of Crockett. While he was doing so, he spotted Faggett on the railroad tracks in the vicinity of the outage, the affidavit stated.
The Union Pacific employee noticed that Faggett had a duffel bag stuffed with the type of wire that runs along the rails and provides power to the crossing arms at the railroad intersection, the affidavit stated. When the UP employee confronted Faggett about it, the other man allegedly said he had just been picking up loose wire along the tracks.
Further investigation by the UP employee revealed that the track wires where Faggett was standing had been cut recently, the affidavit stated. Faggett allegedly started walking north toward Crockett at that point.
After the Union Pacific employee contacted the Crockett Police Department, Chief Buddy Cross found Faggett still walking along the railroad tracks in the vicinity of Austin Street. According to the affidavit, Cross was found to be in possession of a duffel bag full of track wire, a pair of needle-nose pliers, and a razor knife, and he was arrested at the scene.
The damage Faggett did to railroad property is estimated to be in the $1,500 to $20,000 range, the affidavit stated.