The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

July 27, 2013

Local man jailed for criminal mischief, fuel theft

Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — An 18-year-old suspect remains in the Anderson County Jail Friday after his arrest the previous day for criminal mischief during the alleged theft of diesel fuel and subsequent property damage at an Anderson County business.

According to reports, at about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday, Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Andrea Pearson was dispatched to a business located on the 2700 block of CR 422 in reference to the theft of diesel fuel.

“After arrival at the scene, Pearson met with the owner of the business, who advised her that someone had taken approximately 200 gallons of diesel fuel,” ACSO Chief Deputy Troy Black said. “The deputy obtained a surveillance video of the theft.”

At about 10:35 p.m. Thursday, Pearson heard about a theft in progress at the same location dispatched on the radio and headed to the scene. She arrived at the scene to find the electronic gate had been damaged — appearing that is was driven through.

“The owner told her that while he was sitting in his truck he had seen the suspect drive up to the gate,” Black reported. “While waiting for deputies to arrive, the owner saw the suspect turn on his lights begin driving down the road.

“The owner said he followed the suspect, but lost him at FM 3224,” he added. “The owner also reported that the suspect had driven through the electronic gate, causing approximately $3,000 in damage.”

The owner’s son was reported to have been headed to the scene and saw the suspect pass, identifying him as a former employee, 18-year-old Nicholas Dale Myers.

Pearson, while still at the scene, was advised by dispatch that the suspect had just dropped a truck and trailer off at a residence on CR 2140 and was picked up by a relative.

“The deputy went to the residence and located a Ford F250 and a 16-foot trailer in a nearby field,” Black said. “The truck was found to have damage to the front end with numerous areas of red paint that were consistent with the color of the gate.”

Deputy Russell Wesson and ACSO Sgts. Bobby Bishop and Gerald Kerr assisted with the investigation, locating the suspect at his residence on the 2000 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Palestine.

“After speaking with officers, Myers confirmed that he had taken the diesel fuel and was driving the Ford pickup,” Black reported. “The suspect was taken into custody and was transported to the Anderson County Jail without incident.”

Myers was charged with Criminal Mischief $1,500-$20,000 which is a a State Jail Felony. His bond was set at $10,000 by Judge Carl Davis.

Further charges are pending.

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