Rewards offered in Carraway Tractor burglary, coin machine theft

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Hopkins County Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 each for tips that lead to the person or individuals responsible for two recent break-ins.

Surveillance Camera Photo

Authorities today released this image taken by a surveillance camera during the March 9 break-in at Carraway Tractor Co.

Sheriff's investigators said a $1,000 reward is still being offered for information leading to the arrest of the people responsible for stealing more than $200,000 in farm equipment and causing $1,500 damage from vandalism early Friday, March 9.

Experts were able to retrieve some images from surveillance equipment, including pictures of what appeared to be three suspects in light-colored hooded shirts at the property in the early morning hours and another person in a pickup.

�The three suspects are thought to be men, ranging in height from about 5 feet, 7 inches to just over 6 feet tall, all appearing to be of average build. One man, who appeared to be a white male about 5 feet, 10 or 11 inches tall, in his late 20s or 30s, had a light colored beard and a long mustache.

Authorities last week were able to locate a stolen truck and trailer in Dallas. They are still attempting to locate the other stolen items as well as identify and tie suspects to the break-in.

Tips which help solve the case and result in an arrest could yield up to $1,000 for the person who phones it in to Crime Stoppers.

The second offense for which Crime Stoppers is offering a reward is the burglary of the cash machine at Broadway Laser Carwash on Posey Lane.

The offense is thought to have occurred overnight Saturday, and resulted in $3,000 damage to the machine and theft of up to $1,000 in coins and currency.

Authorities were checking to see if the machine burglary is connected to one  last week in Quinlan and another Saturday night in Commerce.

Anyone with information about the crimes is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 903-885-2020. Calls are handled in such as that callers do not have to give their names, just their information. If the tip helps solve the case through arrest or conviction, the caller could receive up to $1,000.

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