Two Metal Scavengers Caught In The Act
RAYWOOD, April 17, 2013 - On Thursday, April 11, 2013, two metal scavengers were caught in the act of stealing materials from a property in Raywood. Just before 3:00 p.m., property owner Jessie Gray was westbound on U.S. 90 when he looked over at his property adjacent to the Raywood auction barn. The property had numerous old cars and car parts. Mr. Gray saw what he thought were two men on the property, gathering scrap metal. He called 911 and the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) dispatched units to the scene.
Pct. 1 Constable Deputy Tom Carr and Daisetta Police Department Officer Terry Cosgrove were both nearby and arrived on scene within a couple of minutes. They observed an ATV four-wheeler with a trailer attached, and various metal parts and wiring on the trailer. They also saw two men fleeing from the scene. LCSO deputies and Pct. 2 Constable Deputies arrived on scene, and a perimeter was established.
One suspect was found and taken into custody almost immediately. While the search for the second suspect took a little longer, he was eventually found hiding under an old house that was once used as an office at the business formerly located at the site.
Arrested at the scene were Logan Leon, 18, of Raywood, and Jesse Roberts, 35, of Raywood. Both were transported to the Liberty County Jail and booked-in for the offense of Theft of Materials, a State Jail Felony. Bond was set at $10,000 each by Justice of the Peace Steven Hebert. Both men have since posted bond and were released pending their trial date.
LCSO Deputy William Candelari is responsible for the arrest and continuing investigation into the theft of materials.