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Tyler man takes 8-year plea deal for taking man's wallet, driving off in his vehicle

Stephen Jandes (Source: Houston County Jail) Stephen Jandes (Source: Houston County Jail)
CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) -

A Tyler man accepted a plea bargain deal of eight years in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice Prison for an incident in which he asked a 72-year-old man to drive to a remote area of the National Forest, took his wallet, and then drove off in the victim’s vehicle.

The robbery and car theft occurred in Houston County in January of 2015.

Earlier this month, a grand jury indicted Stephen Paul Jandes, 43, on two felony charges - aggravated robbery and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. 

According to the Houston County Sheriff’s Office, Jandes was arrested on the charges in Montgomery County on May 16.

The Houston County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call from a 72-year-old man who told the dispatcher that a known suspect robbed him and then took his vehicle, a press release stated.

Using the 911 locator system, the sheriff's office located the victim in the 1200 block of Forest Service Road 511. Once HCSO deputies found the victim, he told them what had happened.

The victim told the deputies that Jandes asked him to drive to a remote part of the National Forest. Once they were there, Jandes allegedly forced the victim out of the vehicle, took his wallet, and drove off in the victim's vehicle.

Later that afternoon, the vehicle was recovered in the Lufkin area. However, at that time, Jandes still hadn't been located, according to the press release. Arrest warrants were issued for Jandes for aggravated robbery and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

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