ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Lufkin Police Department arrested a 29-year-old man Tuesday in connection to allegations that he stole more than $2,000 worth of tires while he was working at a Diboll tire business in 2013.
Gerrial Dewayne Shields, of Lufkin, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a state-jail felony theft between $1,500 and $20,000 charge, revocation of probation charge for possession of marijuana between four ounces and five pounds, and two misdemeanor charges – driving while intoxicated and assault causing bodily injury – family member.
Shields' bail amount has been set at $10,000 for the DWI and assault charges. No bail amounts have been set for the theft and possession of marijuana charges.
According to the arrest affidavit, two detectives with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office was investigating a burglary at a residence in the 3200 block of State Highway 103 West on Sept. 5, 2013, when one of them walked over to a neighbor's house to see if there was a possible witness to the burglary.
When the ACSO detective did so, he noticed several large truck tires leaning up against the house, the affidavit stated. There appeared to be a mixture of both new and old tires.
Closer inspection of the tires revealed bar codes that indicated the tires were from the Herman Power Tire business located at 1501 North Temple Drive in Diboll. At that point, the ACSO detective talked to the business' manager, who told him that there were some tires missing, but he hadn't filed a report because he didn't know who took them.
There were seven new and seven old tires from Herman Power Tire, the affidavit stated.
An assistant manager from the tire business came out and confirmed the tires came from Herman Power Tire.
The ACSO detective then found out the name of the woman renting the property, and she said she didn't know anything about the tires.
Later, the detective talked to the manager of Herman Power Tire. The man told him that Shields, an employee of the tire business at the time, was the only person who drove his white Chevrolet service truck, the affidavit stated. The affidavit stated the assistant manager also made similar statement.
Shields allegedly hadn't called in to work or brought back his uniforms. However, the manager did find the service truck on his lot, the affidavit stated.
On Jan, 23, 2014, the ACSO detective again spoke to the renter at the home where the tires were found. She admitted that Shields was her boyfriend and that, on several occasions, she had seen him unload several large tires from a white truck and roll them to the back of her residence, the affidavit stated.
The woman allegedly told the detective that Shields told her the tires were old, and he was just keeping them. According to the affidavit, she told the ACSO detective that she last heard from Shields in September 2013, when he told her that he had gotten into some trouble with the sheriff's department and apologized for putting her in the middle.