Investigators headed to Dallas to recover truck, trailer from Carraway Tractor Co. break-in
By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor
Investigators at lunch Thursday were headed to Dallas to recover part of the items stolen from Carraway Tractor Co. last week.
Officials received a tip earlier this week which lead them to Dallas, where the truck and trailer stolen last Friday from Carraway Tractor were found near a highway truck stop. Texas Department of Public Safety’s Rex Wileman with the North Texas Auto Task Force was also working with Hopkins County sheriff’s investigators on the case.
Investigators were also tracking leads which could lead to the recovery of more of the stolen property and some potential suspects as well, HCSO Investigator Lewis Tatum said at lunch Thursday.
The sheriff’s office was contacted Friday morning regarding an overnight break-in at Carraway Tractor on State Highway 19 south. More than $200,000 worth of farm equipment was said to have been stolen and more than $1,500 worth of equipment was vandalized during the incident, which marks at least the second time in recent months that the business has been targeted by thieves.
According to sheriff’s investigators and deputies, the offenses were thought to have been committed about 12:30 Friday morning, and was discovered when store personnel arrived for work this morning. Based on clues from the scene, deputies believe the culprits gained access from the side or rear of the property.
In addition to the one-ton truck and 28-foot gooseneck trailer investigators found in Dallas, several other expensive pieces of equipment were stolen and have yet to be recovered including a track loader, a skid loader and a lawn mower.
Following a previous break-in and theft of farm equipment, the business installed surveillance equipment. Unfortunately, the camera equipment and a tractor were damaged during the break-in, according to sheriff’s reports.