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Shortly before 1:30 p.m. on Friday, the Lamar County sheriff’s office responded to a theft in progress in the Powderly community. An individual returned home and found two men taking air conditioning parts and copper from the residence.
The home owner contacted sheriff’s department dispatchers and said both men jumped into a pickup truck and left the residence. The homeowner stated she was following the truck trying to obtain a license plate number when the suspect’s vehicle became stuck at the end of her county road.
The two men fled on foot into a wooded area. Sheriff Deputies along with local law enforcement, Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden Jerry Norris, Precinct 2 Constable Vance Boehler, Paris auto theft detectives and Texas Ranger Stacy McNeal joined in the search.
A person at a business in Powderly made a 9-1-1 call to report that two men matching the suspects’ description had just left the business. Law enforcement personnel tracked both suspects back into Paris, where sheriff’s detectives located one of the suspects, Eric Dobbs, 36, at an apartment complex in Paris.
Dobbs was arrested on a felony theft of material charge — 50 percent aluminum, bronze, copper, enhanced — and placed in the Lamar County Jail.
A short time later, Daniel A. Wright, 37, was located at a residence in Paris and was subsequently placed in the Lamar County Jail on a warrant for felony theft of material — 50 percent aluminum, bronze copper, enhanced (more than $20,000).
Lamar County Justice of the Peace Ken Ruthart arraigned both individuals and set a $50,000 bond on each charge. Investigation is ongoing.