Athens Review, Athens, Texas

February 5, 2013

GBC cops arrest alleged TV thieves

From Staff Reports
Athens Daily Review

Athens — Acting on a tip from a witness to the crime, Gun Barrel City Police arrested two men Sunday shortly after they stole two televisions from Walmart.

Thomas Roland Toombs Jr., 28, was booked into the Henderson County Jail for theft $500 to $1,500 with two prior convictions. The charge is a state jail felony. Toombs remained in custody on Monday with bond set at $2,500.

Lyndell Harvie Basham, 72, was charged with theft $500 to $1,500 and possession of a prohibited substance in a correctional facility. He was released Monday on bond totaling $3,000.

Gun Barrel City Police Department reports stated that dispatch received a call Sunday afternoon from a Walmart customer who saw a man leave the Garden Center area with two televisions and load them into a red Dodge truck. The caller followed the suspect’s vehicle west on West Main Street and saw the vehicle turn into the parking lot at Harvie’s Repair Shop at 715 W. Main Street.

GBCPD officers Jesse Isom and Ken Bee were dispatched to the shop to check out the caller’s information. A short time later the officers arrived at the shop and observed Toombs exiting a fenced area located on the east side of the property. Isom informed Toombs that he was investigating a theft that just took place at Walmart and detained him.

According to reports, while Officer Isom was speaking with Toombs he saw an elderly man, who he knew to be Lyndell Harvie Basham, exit the TV repair shop. Isom asked Basham who had just been driving the red truck and Basham replied that he had. Isom received consent from Basham to search his property for the television sets and went to the fenced lot he had seen Toombs coming from when he arrived on scene. 

Reports stated that Isom observed a small RV-type trailer in the southeast corner of the lot and located the two television sets in unopened boxes at the rear of the trailer.

Toombs and Basham were arrested and transported to the Gun Barrel City jail. After  he was placed in jail, Basham was found to be in possession of a crystal- like substance believed to be methamphetamine.