Stolen trees recovered, Longview residents cautioned

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - Released by the Longview Police Department:

LONGVIEW, TX - On April 30, 2010 at around 2:45 a.m., Longview Officer S. Hardee noticed a suspicious car driving slowly through the area of Emily Street and Noble Drive. As Officer Hardee watched the vehicle, she saw the driver run the stop sign at the intersection of Adams Street and 4th Street. Officer Hardee turned on her emergency lights and attempted to stop the driver, but the driver refused to stop.

The driver fled a short distance to a parking lot in the 900 block of North 4th Street where he abruptly stopped, exited the vehicle and fled on foot. The driver was not located and Officer Hardee discovered two trees in the back seat of the vehicle that appeared to have been recently dug up.

Due to reported thefts of trees and shrubs in the area, Officers searched the neighborhood in an attempt to determine if the trees were stolen. No victim was immediately located and the trees were held by officers until it could be determined if they were stolen. At approximately 7:30 a.m., Officers confirmed the trees were stolen from 30 Pegues Place and they were returned to their rightful owner.

As investigators work to determine the identity of the suspect from this incident, they warn that several other thefts of recently planted trees and shrubbery have been reported this month. To guard against these types of thefts, you should:

  • Ensure your yard has proper lighting
  • Join or start a neighborhood crime watch and keep an eye out for suspicious activity
  • If you see suspicious vehicles or persons, especially late at night or in the early hours of the morning, notify police.

Anyone with information about the theft of trees or shrubbery is asked to contact Gregg County Crime Stoppers at 903-236-STOP or online at A reward of up to $1000.00 may be paid for information leading to any arrests.