KENNARD, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Houston County Sheriff's Office arrested a 45-year-old man earlier this week in connection to allegations that he took the electrical meter and air conditioner unit from his nephew's house in an attempt to evict the man.
Gregory Scott Westerman, of Kennard, was arrested and charged with state-jail felony criminal mischief.
According to the arrest affidavit, an HCSO deputy was dispatched out to the 500 block of Campbell Street in Kennard on Monday to investigate a report that someone had taken an air conditioner unit and a Houston County Coop electric meter.
The alleged victim told the deputy that he believed Westerman, his uncle, had taken the items due to a comment Westerman made the day before about cutting the power to the home.
Later, the HCSO deputy spoke with Westerman at the Tiger T apartment complex on Welch Street, and Westerman admitted that he had removed the electrical meter in an attempt to evict the complainant from his father's property by shutting off their power, the affidavit stated.
Westerman also allegedly told the HCSO deputy that he took the items to retaliate because he thought his nephew had taken his cell phone.
According to the affidavit, Westerman told the deputy, "You g------ right that's why I went over there and done it. I want my s--- back, and when you cross me or start stepping on my toes, that is when we are going to have problems."
When he was asked to do so, Westerman went and got the electrical meter from where it was hidden in a freezer, the affidavit stated. Westerman allegedly told the HCSO deputy that he had hidden the meter there to prevent it from being tracked.
The deputy then returned the meter to the home in the 500 block of Campbell Street and notified the Houston County Coop.