Three arrested after confessing to fuel thefts from East Texas school districts
POSTED: Monday, July 22, 2013 - 9:58am
UPDATED: Monday, July 22, 2013 - 1:35pm
East Texas (KETK) —
A man has been arrested in connection to the recent fuel thefts from several East Texas school districts.
Authorities with the Nacogdoches Sheriffs Department tell KETK that diesel and gas had been taken from Nacogdoches ISD, Martinsville ISD, Garrison ISD, Chireno ISD, Woden ISD, Alto ISD, as well as a Cherokee County work barn.
Officials believe that there may have been additional thefts that have not yet been discovered.
Investigators were able to obtain a vehicle description and a trailer from surveillance video. The same vehicle had been used in different locations. The thieves would pump the fuel into barrels and then sell it on the streets at a much lower cost.
After investigating, authorities sent the information to patrol officers, and a Nacogdoches Police officer eventually conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that matched the description.
The vehicle turned out to be the same vehicle that was used in the fuel thefts, and a man, Zacorian Deandre White, 20, along with two juveniles were arrested on scene on unrelated charges. However, during the arrest, they confessed to the fuel thefts.