Gas theft leads to arrest of two teens tied to Brashear burglary

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Feb. 18, 2007 - Two Sulphur Springs men were jailed early Saturday on felony charges after confessing to stealing guns from a Brashear residence Friday afternoon. The case came to a head around 5:45 Saturday morning when Sulphur Springs police received a 911 call regarding a gas drive off which had just occurred at a West Industrial Drive gas station.

Staff Photo by Angela Pitts

Cumby Police Sgt. Charlie Walker discovered a scale, a pistol and about 7.5 pounds of marijuana stuffed inside a U.S. Army backpack during a routine traffic stop at about 3:40 a.m. Saturday. See ‘For The Record’ on Page 16A for details.

Workers at the business were able to give dispatchers not only a good description of the black sport utility vehicle, but also got the license plate number of the vehicle.

When police dispatchers told police to be on the look out for the vehicle which had just driven off without paying for more than $29 worth fuel pumped into an SUV, sheriff’s dispatchers heard the number and recognized it as the one which a witness indicated two suspects had left from a County Road 1100 residence Friday.

Sheriff’s officials were alerted regarding the gas drive off and for the car. Meanwhile, Sulphur Springs Police Sgt. Mitch Griggs and Officer J.R. Reyes stopped the pair in the SUV at the intersection of County Road 1106 and 1107 at 5:46 a.m.

After the vehicle was identified to be the one used in the gas drive off, 18-year-old Brady Laine Matthews was arrested at 6:02 a.m. for theft of $29.02 in fuel, a misdemeanor charge. Passenger David Jordan Andrews, also 18, was arrested for public intoxication.

The pair was taken to jail on the misdemeanor charges, then turned over to sheriff’s investigators for questioning. During a lengthy interview, Matthews confessed his vehicle was used in the burglary and Andrews also confessed to breaking into the CR 1100 residence in Brashear and stealing a lever action .30-30 and a rifle. One teen took Sheriff’s Investigator Lewis Tatum and deputy Dennis Findley to the residence where the guns had been stashed. Both guns were recovered.

Both Matthews and Andrews remained in jail late Saturday morning in lieu of bond, Matthews for theft of gas and burglary of a habitation, and Andrews for burglary of a habitation and public intoxication.

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