NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A 25-year-old Lufkin man found himself behind bars after he allegedly stole thousands of dollars worth of silver coins from his future father-in-law's safe.
Christopher Jared Schmidt was booked into the Nacogdoches County Jail on third-degree theft. He was released from the jail later that day.
According to the arrest affidavit, an investigator with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office interviewed Schmidt's future father-in-law on March 21 in reference to a theft. The man said that someone had stolen 2,200 one-ounce silver coins from his safe over a period of time.
The complainant also told the investigator that the safe wasn't forced open and that only three to five people had access to the combination.
When Schmidt's future father-in-law returned to the sheriff's office on April 1, he told authorities that Schmidt had come to him and the complainant's wife and admitted to stealing the silver coins. Schmidt allegedly provided the couple with seven receipts that showed he sold 1,155 of the silver coins to the Coin Investors of Kilgore.
According to the affidavit, Schmidt also admitted to stealing thousands of dollars in cash from the couple as well.