2 men arrested in string of newspaper machine thefts in Shelby, San Augustine counties

2 men arrested in string of newspaper machine thefts in Shelby, San Augustine counties
Source: Center Police Department
Source: Center Police Department

CENTER, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office arrested two people in connection to a string of newspaper machine thefts that occurred in Center, out in the county, and in San Augustine and recovered the six stands.

According to a press release from the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, Tevin Garrett, 23, and Jeremy Edwards, 35, both of Center, were arrested and charged with theft.

Center Police Department officers took a theft report from the "Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel" on Jan. 8. Representatives from the newspaper told police that three of their newspaper machines had been stolen from three different locations in the town - Brookshire Brothers, Tec-Co gas station, and H&S Foods.

Later in the day, Precinct 2 Constable Jamie Hagler notified Det. Stephen Stroud that someone had stolen the "Light and Champion" machine from the Shelbyville Grocery. He also learned that two "San Augustine Tribune" stands had been stolen in San Augustine.

After Hagler received a tip that identified Garrett as one of the suspects, he and Stroud drove to Garrett's address. Although they couldn't find Garrett there, they found evidence from the thefts, and a justice of the peace issued a theft arrest warrant for Garrett.

Garrett was located and arrested later that day, the press release stated. When law enforcement officials spoke to Garrett, he allegedly confessed to stealing the newspaper machines and told them Edwards was the other suspect.

Garrett then took Stroud, Hagler, and two Shelby County Sheriff's Office investigators to two sites where they had dumped the six newspaper stands. One location was a creek off of FM 138 and the other was near the new overpass on Loop 500.

On Jan. 14, a SCSO deputy winched four of the newspaper machines out of the creek off of FM 138. At that point, investigators went to Edwards' home and arrested him on a failure-to-appear warrant out of Louisiana's Desoto Parrish.

Edwards confessed to his part in the thefts and was charged with theft, the press release stated.

The remaining two newspaper machines were recovered on Jan. 15.

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