The Athens Police Department responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle Friday, and arrested a man and a woman who were allegedly stealing metal.

Gabriella Carrillo, 19, was charged with theft of property ($50 to $500). The charge is a Class-B misdemeanor. Carrillo posted a bond of $1,000 Saturday, and was released.

According to the Texas Penal Code, an individual adjudged guilty of a Class B misdemeanor shall be punished by:  a fine not to exceed $2,000; confinement in jail for a term not to exceed 180 days; or both.

Luis Campos, 49, was also charged theft of property. No bond information concerning Campos was available at press time Monday.

APD reports indicate that dispatch received a call at 11:30 a.m., Friday, stating that a white Mercury Mountaineer was parked at the side of Old Kaufman Road, and a person was crouching down when traffic passed by. The suspicious person was described as a Hispanic male, dressed in black.

Sgt. William E. Smith was sent to the location, and arrived less than two minutes after APD received the complaint call. Smith located Carillo and Campos, and placed them under arrest. 

Reports indicate they had already collected about $100 of the scrap metal at the time of the arrest. The metal had been removed from a storage bin on the Prengler property.

Cpl. Jason Bosher assisted Smith at the scene of the arrest. The Mountaineer was removed from the location by Athens Wrecker.

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