Paris police seek help in mischief that caused large power outage

The Lamar County Crime Stoppers’ “Crime of the Week” concerns a case of theft and criminal mischief two days before Thanksgiving in the 600 block of East Houston Street in Paris.

crime-stoppersOn Wednesday, Nov. 27 — the day before Thanksgiving — Paris police officers met with a representative of Oncor who advised that at about 1:40 p.m. on the previous day someone cut a brass padlock off an air switch which was attached to a utility pole.

“The unknown suspect or suspects then pulled the lever down on the air switch, which destroyed components to the electrical equipment and caused a power outage in a large area,” said Curtis Garrett, the Crime Stoppers coordinator for Paris and Lamar County.

“The representative advised that approximately 1,300 customers were victims of the power outage. The suspect or suspects then took the lock from the scene.”

Damage to the electrical equipment was estimated at approximately $7,500, Garrett said.

“If the information that you give leads to the arrest and/or indictment of the person(s) responsible, you could be eligible for a cash reward and you will remain anonymous,” he said.

Anyone with information about this, or any other felony crime can contact Crime Stoppers 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and there are now four different ways to do that anonymously:

Anyone with information about this, or any other felony crime can contact Crime Stoppers 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and there are now four different ways to do that anonymously:

  1. By phone at (903)785-tips (8477)
  2. By going online and logging onto www.785-tips.com and submitting a tip there. Persons can also get more information about other featured crimes.
  3. By text message- by adding “tip120” in front of your message and sending it to “crimes” (274637).
  4. And now smart phone users can submit a tip by downloading and using our new mobile app called TipSubmit. Visit our website for details.

By Charles Richards, eParisExtra

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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.