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12/14/05-Smith County

Smith County Constables Recover Stolen Items

The men Smith County Constables believe are responsible for a string of burglaries in East Texas have been caught. Authorities recovered about $10,000.00 worth of stolen items. Constables arrested 18-year-old Justin Haynes of Chandler and 18-year-old Travis Tidwell of Ben Wheeler on Tuesday. A juvenile was also involved in the burglaries. All together, items from seven different burglaries have been recovered.

One business owner lost the items needed to keep his automotive repair shop open.

"I can safely say 90% of my business was stolen from me," said Timothy Stone, Owner of TRS Automotive. Without his tools, Stone had to close his automotive repair shop in Garden Valley.

"In my profession a mechanic is only a mechanic if he can repair stuff," said Stone. "The knowledge of course is one thing, but without tools and diagnostic equipment and things to help you cannot repair things." Last week, three men broke in to Stone's business through the front window and stole tools, two saddles and an engine.

"I don't guess anybody would imagine they would get broke in to," said Stone. "It's just a violation." Smith County Constable Dennis Taylor and the Smith County Sheriff's Department recovered some of stone's items. Televisions, cameras and refrigerators stolen from the Garden Valley Country Club were also recovered.

"We got a tip Monday morning about the saddle where they were at and started taking statements off of people who had been buying property, and all three boys names came up," said Smith County Constable, Precinct 5 Dennis Taylor. Taylor says the men used the items for drugs.

"They've been selling it," said Taylor. "A couple of the boys are buying drugs with the money." Stone says he's just happy to have some of his tools back, so he can re-open his business.

The three men, two adults and one juvenile are also suspected in two burglaries in Van Zandt County. They have been charged with Burglary of a Building.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

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