POSTED: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 2:56pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 3:58pm
One previously found guilty of stealing gifts from East Texas foster children
Longview, TX (KETK) — 59 City of Longview manhole covers were stolen and sold to several scrap yards last week.
Longview Police tell KETK, the manhole covers had been stolen from the Neiman Marcus industrial park and the North Longview Economic Park areas.
The covers were later sold to multiple scrap yards in Longview. The majority were recovered at a scrap yard in the 5000 block of Hwy. 80.
Harrison County authorities tell us that Rachel Bradley, 40, and Penny Summers, 51, are suspected of the theft.
Authorities with the Harrison County Sheriffs office tell us, the duo is also believed to have stolen an urn that had been holding flowers in a small Longview cemetery, which had also been sold to a Longview scrap yard.
According to Gregg County records, Summers was booked into the Gregg County Jail on April 24th for theft. She was released later that same day.
Bradley has previously been arrested for her role in the theft of $20,000 in gifts meant for local foster children during the Christmas season of 2011.
The toys and electronics belonged to the Gregg County Child Welfare Board and were taken from the organization's storage facility.
Bradley was indicted in April 2012 for that crime, and was released from jail on a $25,000 bond.
The court found her guilty on April 4th and she is awaiting sentencing on May 6th for that felony case.
Photo of stolen mahole cover