Cherokee County, TX — Three East Texans are sitting behind bars for allegedly stealing spikes and "hooks" from a railroad bed.
On Wednesday afternoon, Game Warden Brian Bearden received a call to investigate a problem in the area of County Road 4807.
During Bearden's investigation, at around 1:45 p.m., he spotted people stealing property from the tracks, pulling a home-made car that ran on the rails. When the game warden called out to them, they removed items from the cart and put them in the woods.
Officer Bearden was able to catch one of the suspects, but the other two ran from the scene. Bearden quickly discovered that the alleged thieves had been removing railroad spikes and "hooks" from the railroad bed, and selling them as scrap iron. Officer Bearden was also able to determine where the other alleged thieves had traveled.
After a deputy arrived on scene, he and Bearden head to a home in the 2900 Block of Highway 177 in the Mixon Community. The remaining suspects were arrested at that location without incident.
All three were taken to the Cherokee County Jail. The stolen spikes, hooks and the home-made cart were brought to the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office as evidence. The property that belongs to the railroad will be counted, photographed and released back to them. The cart will remain with the Sheriff's Office as evidence.
Lance Lee Adam, 22, Briana Michelle Hale, 18, Dustin Scott Massey, 24, all of Troup/Mixon were arrested and charged with engaging in organized criminal activity and interference with railroad property. Their bail is set at $4,000.
There may be more charges filed if there is more damage to the railroad than was known at the time of the arrests.