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April 23, 2014

City inspectors put halt to metal thief’s operation inside Baker Hotel

Local man jailed on burglary, weapon and trespassing charges


“We made it a habit of going every few days to the Baker,” he said, once they found out who they were looking for.

So, on that Monday morning, as Stubblefield questioned the man, he got antsy and suddenly took off running. He and Thomas went after him. The man slipped and fell and he and Thomas grabbed him. Stubblefield then held the man down until police arrived.

Police arrested the man at the scene and identified him as Terry J. Williams, 36, of Mineral Wells. He was charged with two counts of burglary of a building, unlawful carrying of a weapon and criminal trespass, according to police reports. Williams remained in Palo Pinto County Jail Tuesday afternoon. No bond has been set.

Along with the bag, which was filled with assorted metal tubing, copper connectors and other items, Williams was also found in possession of a bayonet, as well as tools such as wrenches and a hacksaw used for removing metal from buildings, the police report said.

“This was the first time anything like this has happened,” Stubblefield said. “Normally [trespassers] wait civilly.”

He said it was a shame this man, like others, saw the metals like those in the Baker as just a source of money for their next burger or next fix.

“That bannister: they saw it as X amount of dollars,” he said as he headed out Tuesday afternoon for another trip to the Baker. “He cut up a piece of history. It’s now gone. We can’t get that piece back.”

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