POSTED: Friday, March 16, 2012 - 4:30pm
UPDATED: Friday, March 16, 2012 - 4:39pm
The Nacogdoches County Constable Office Precinct 4 and the Nacogdoches Police Department stopped a burglary in progress last night around 11:00 pm in the city of Nacogdoches. Two men from Nacogdoches were caught inside a building in the process of stealing copper.
Constable Jason Bridges stated that his office has been working an ongoing investigation into copper thefts for the last six months. We have seen a sharp increase in the last year of copper theft crimes, due to the value of copper and metal. Bridges stated that we have identified several groups in Nacogdoches County that we believe are engaging in unlawful activity to steal copper.
Constable Bridges stated that the course of this investigation lead officers to gain information of a building that was going to be burglarized on hunter street in the city of Nacogdoches. The Constable Office identified both subjects and started conducting surveillance.
The Constable Office was joined by the Nacogdoches Police Department Thursday night in a joint effort to apprehend the suspects. Around 11:00 pm both agencies observed two suspects enter into a building on hunter road without consent of the owner. Officers went into the building a short time later and found the suspects in the act of stealing copper from the building.
David Driver 19 years of age and Joshua Walker 21 years of age both from Nacogdoches Texas were arrested and charged with Burglary of a Building State Jail Felony. Both Subjects were transported to the Nacogdoches County Jail.