A 31-year-old Laquey man faces several charges after being caught in the act of apparently stealing from a business by an alert officer with the Houston Police Department.

While conducting a security check around 1:30 a.m. Aug. 1 of Sanders Equipment on West Highway 17, Cpl. David Kidwell observed a white Mitsubishi four-door sedan that he didn’t recognize parked near the front entry door. Kidwell go out of his patrol car, felt the hood of the car and found it to be warm.

He also noticed a chainsaw, radiator and a transmission case in the rear seat of the vehicle.

Kidwell also saw two gas cans next to a Chevrolet pickup he knew belonged to the business’ owner, with a plastic hose extending from the truck’s gas tank into one of the cans.

He called for backup from the Texas County Sheriff’s Department.

Kidwell then observed two men lying on the ground, partially under the truck. He ordered them to stay put, but one man got up and ran away.

The other man was apprehended and taken to the Texas County Jail. Two deputies searched the area for the other man, but only found his hat, jacket and gloves that he had apparently discarded while fleeing.

Investigation revealed the chainsaw had been stolen from an Intercounty Electric Cooperative truck parked on the lot at Jay’s Auto on South U.S. 63. The car parts had also been swiped from that business.

About 6-7 gallons of gas was siphoned.

A probable cause statement was sent to the county prosecutor seeking one count of felony stealing more than $500 but less than $25,000 and two counts of misdemeanor stealing under $500.

The second suspect is yet to be identified and is still at large.

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