Athens Review, Athens, Texas

January 16, 2013

Burglars captured, at least on film

Stolen truck recovered as Athens Police continue to investigate heist of local business

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — The Athens Police Department continues to investigate a break-in at Athens Transfer and Storage that left the business without two of its trucks.

APD received a call on Jan. 2 reporting that unknown individuals had entered the office of the business at 2705 W. Corsicana St., and had taken the keys to two vehicles and driven them from the parking lot.

A 1985 Chevrolet pickup has been recovered, but a 1990 GMC flatbed, truck equipped with a blue Lincoln welder, is still missing.

Detective Lt. James Bonnette said the case has been a tough one, so far.

“There was nothing there to give us any leads,” Bonnette said. “There was some video of a couple suspects, but it was cold that night, and they were all wrapped up with stuff across their face. There were not a lot of revealing information in the video.”

The video-camera footage might still prove useful in the long run.

“Generally speaking, if we connect with the right suspects, the video will prove to assist in making that ID,” Bonnette said.

The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office located the Chevrolet on Jan. 3 near Cayuga.

“It apparently had been abandoned in the back of a landowners property,” Bonnette said.

Bonnette said the fact that only the keys and trucks were taken indicated that the persons responsible had some knowledge of the business. It’s not hard to understand why the burglars would have taken the GMC truck with the welder on it, Bonnette said.

“That big diesel welder was probably worth more than the truck,” Bonnette said.

Henderson County Crimestoppers has chosen the burglary as its featured crime and is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information about the crime.

Contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-545-8477. Callers will remain anonymous.