Barking Dog Helps Catch Suspected Copper Thieves

KEMP (CBSDFW.COM) – A barking dog helped send three men to the Kaufman County jail Saturday.

The sheriff’s office says on Saturday afternoon a dog belonging to a property owner there was upset about something and let the owner know.

Just then the property owner saw three men running across their land, which is near the town of Kemp.

The property owner called the sheriff’s office.  When they got there, deputies say they found a barrel that the suspects had been using to collect copper, brass, and other materials they were trying to steal.

Soon after, a Texas Game Warden caught one of the suspects as he was running through a nearby field.  Kaufman Sheriff’s Office deputies caught the other two men, who were hiding in an out building on the property.

34-year-old Richard Mark Steakley of Trinidad and 31-year-old Jesse Garner of Gun Barrel City were both charged with stealing copper and criminal trespass.  They both bonded out of jail.

The third man, 34-year-old Tommy Wayne Jackson of Tool, was also charged with theft of copper and criminal trespass.  He is still in the Kaufman County Jail.

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Jesse Garner was charged with trespassing and stealing copper. (Photo credit Kaufman Co. Sheriff)

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Richard Steakley was charged with trespassing and stealing copper. (Photo credit Kaufman Co. Sheriff)


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One Comment

  1. busto says:

    Faces only a mother could love!

  2. pleasechooseanother says:

    One of these photos the man looks like a thief, the other looks like the lights are on but no one is at home.

  3. YRofTexas says:

    Throw on some old-time Western duds, and they could pass for some Old West Outlaws! Jesse James and one of the Dalton brothers! LOL

  4. NiteNurse says:

    Dogs are one of the best ways to protect your property. If you feel you can be a responsible dog owner please go to a shelter and adopt a dog. I live in a not so good neighborhood and never had a problem with break-ins or thiefs because my dogs always let me know.

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