Athens Review, Athens, Texas

October 29, 2012

Thefts Sunday

A total car, and a truck part targets of alleged crimes

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — The Athens Police Department is investigating a reported assault and car theft Sunday on the southeast side of the city.

APD Lt. Michael Davis said a 23-year-old man was driving in the vicinity of Farm-to-Market Road 59, shortly after 10 p.m.

When the man driving the car  stopped and got out of the vehicle, four people assaulted him. One of the subjects got in the victim’s car, and drove away from the scene.

Officer C. Wesley Hoover met with the owner of the vehicle, and took a theft report. He was assisted in the case by Cpl. Roger Keith.  APD continued to look for suspects Monday.

Another incident investigated by APD involved, not an entire vehicle, but tailgates stolen from pickup trucks pickup trucks at Brinson Ford.

APD received a call from Corsicana Police at about 11:20 p.m., Sunday, reporting that officers there stopped a vehicle with two Austin residents inside, and found what appeared to be stolen tailgates. The tailgates had Brinson Ford emblems on them.

APD contacted Brinson Ford on East State Highway 31 in Athens, and learned that five tailgates had been taken from trucks at the dealership. CPD arrested the couple, and placed them in jail.

The occupants of the vehicle were identified as 43-year-old John Russell and 45-year-old Tracy Holland.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau reports that stolen tailgates are hot items, and advises truck owners to keep them locked.