The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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October 5, 2013

Two Anderson County men arrested for theft

PALESTINE — Two local men remained in jail Friday after their arrest for a string of thefts that occurred over the past several months at the same location in southeast Anderson County.

According to Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor, a resident at the 4000 block of Anderson County Road 153 began reporting multiple thefts on his property — including items like a tractor hood, engine parts, a house jack and more — in July.

“He reported a couple of thefts in September and another on Sept. 30,” the sheriff said. “From that, deputies were able to develop the case and identify the suspects.”

ACSO Sgt. Brian Chason was the lead investigator on the case, reviewing evidence, obtaining warrants and interviewing the suspects — Anderson County residents William Michael Fiala, 18, and Joseph James Fiala Jr., 19.

“Chason interviewed them today (Friday) and they confessed,” Taylor said.

Playing a critical role in the resolution of the case was the owner, who placed video surveillance cameras on his property.

“These thefts were occurring in broad daylight,” the sheriff said. “Placing cameras on houses like this allows us to be able to identify the subjects, as we did in this case.

“The cameras aren’t too expensive and increase the chances of solving a case.”

Each of the two suspects (believed to be brothers) were charged with theft of property - $1,500 to $20,000, with bond set at $50,000 each.

Two more suspects are being investigated in this case, the sheriff said, and officers are working on gathering more evidence.

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