Pair jailed for felony theft after deputy finds them loading pickup onto trailer

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

July 15, 2008 - A man and woman were arrested Monday for theft after a deputy caught them allegedly trying to steal a truck in the Black Oak community.

The deputy's alertness and follow-through on suspicions that something was awry are credited with the collar.

Dwayne Patrick Cowart, 45, of Quinlan and Raeme Jane Robinson, 34, of Pickton were jailed at 3:12 p.m. by Hopkins County Sheriff's Deputy David Ray, assisted by Cpl. Dennis Findley, for theft of property over $1,500 and under $20,000.

Deputy Ray was patrolling on FM 69 at County Road 2425 in Black Oak at 2:40 p.m. when he witnessed two people, a white male and a white female, loading a green and white Ford pickup onto a trailer.

The deputy became suspicious of the act due to previous thefts recorded at the location. After identifying the pair, Ray questioned them about the removal of the truck. They told the deputy that all was OK because they had permission to get the Ford pickup truck.

The deputy, still not sure of the pair, detained them as a precaution and had sheriff's dispatchers make contact with the owner of the property from which the pickup truck was being removed.

The property owner told officials the pair not only did not have permission to be on the property but they also didn't have permission to remove anything, including the truck, from his property.

The 45-year-old man and 34-year-old woman were arrested at 3:12 p.m.

Both Cowart and Robinson were arraigned Tuesday morning by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Ronny Glossup at the county jail, where they remained just before noon in lieu of $10,00 bond on each charge, according to jail reports.

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