1 arrested, 1 on the loose following ETX tractor, Bush Hog theft
Nacogdoches, TX (KETK) — One person was arrested and a second is on the loose after a pair of men were caught allegedly stealing heavy equipment.
On Monday afternoon, deputies were dispatched to a burglary in progress near County Road 262 in Nacogdoches County.
According to the Sheriff's Office, the suspect's used a tractor to pull another tractor from a wooded area and crank it. The duo then hooked up a Bush Hog mower to their tractor and headed in different directions, each on a tractor.
Responding law enforcement found Joey Van-Cooper Smith, 26, on his tractor with the stolen Bush Hog close-by County Road 262. He was arrested and booked into the Nacogdoches County Jail and charged with theft.
Detectives later found the stolen tractor at a house on Appleby Sand Road, but the suspect, David Heath Parker, 23, had already left the scene and is still on the loose. A theft warrant for Parker was obtained by authorities.
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