Athens Review, Athens, Texas

February 18, 2013

Man suspected of stealing from Malakoff scrap yard

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office served a warrant Thursday on a 24-year-old man suspected of stealing metal from a scrap yard near Malakoff.

Jonathan Dewayne Adams was booked into the Henderson County Jail for theft of material, a state jail felony. He was released on Friday with bond set at $10,000.

Sheriff Ray Nutt reported that Dep. Cayce Hampton went to a residence west of Athens on County Road 1405 off State Highway 31 on Thursday in an effort to serve an existing warrant on a person who was not present at the time.

When he reached the location, Hampton noticed that several aluminum, copper and brass items were laying on the property.  According to HCSO reports, Hampton also noticed a large bag of aluminum cans in the open trunk of a vehicle parked at the residence.

After leaving the residence, Hampton was dispatched to the Total Recycling scrap yard on State Highway 31, near Malakoff, to look into a theft that occurred the night before. Hampton reviewed a surveillance video of the theft, and saw an individual who matched the description of Adams.  The deputy was also able to identify property as some of that he had seen at Adams’ home.

Reports said Hampton and Sgt. Thomas Goodell returned to Adams’ residence, and interviewed him with the assistance of HCSO Investigators Brad Gray and John Long and County Attorney Investigator Kalon Rollins. 

During the interview, Adams reportedly confessed to stealing the aluminum, copper, brass and other items that had been removed from the scrap yard.