WEATHERFORD – Parker County sheriff’s investigators recovered several vehicles and tools leading to charges for four suspects in a recent theft case.
The original offense report was filed May 8, when the complainant told deputies his personal vehicle and three company vehicles had been stolen, along with a trailer, from a business located in the 6300 block of Interstate 20 in Weatherford. The trucks reportedly contained thousands of dollars worth of tools at the time of the thefts.
Two additional work trucks left on the premises had been damaged with shattered windshields, damaged tires and severed battery cables. Earlier this week, deputies discovered one of the stolen trucks abandoned on the side of the road at the intersection of Hilltop Terrace and Mini Ranch Road, and another vehicle abandoned at a hotel off Interstate 20. A third truck was discovered abandoned in Hudson Oaks at a convenience store.
The business owner reported a disgruntled ex-employee as a possible suspect, who had been fired just days prior to the offenses.
Video surveillance showed two men entering the parking lot in separate trucks. One male exited the stolen truck, leaving it in the parking lot and left the convenience store with the other male driver. The video showed both men entering the stolen truck and taking items from the truck before they departed the scene.
Tarrant County deputies later observed another suspect exchanging the license plates from another one of the stolen trucks. The suspect, identified as Lacey Gregg, 44, told Parker County sheriff’s investigators he was purchasing the truck for cash and methamphetamine.
Sheriff’s investigators also discovered two additional suspects pawned items reported stolen from an Arlington church and another church in Parker County. Other stolen items were placed in a storage building by the suspects. Sheriff’s investigators recovered the majority of the items reported stolen including music and electronic equipment from the churches.