KILGORE, TX (KLTV) - A string of thefts appear to be solved after law enforcement captures a Yeti thief.
Security video from Marshall police shows a suspect three agencies were looking for. Kilgore had several thefts from vehicles in hotel parking lots over the last four weeks, mostly from the beds of pickups.
"We have a lot of oilfield businesses that do business around Kilgore; a lot of those companies put their employees up in hotels overnight. This
particular individual figured that out and started hitting the trucks. One item he stole was worth about $700," says Kilgore police detective Trae Portwood.
The culprit was after Yeti coolers, an expensive loss for the owners.
"If you didn't keep them locked up , they'd be stolen, and I always kept mine locked up and I just forgot to lock it up one time," says PDQ America
worker Chase Patterson, who had his cooler stolen.
The Marshall video helped identify the suspect's truck, and when Kilgore officers stopped 24-year-old Tanner Beattie, they say they knew they had
"He had about $900 cash on him when we caught him, directly from the sale of these Yeti coolers. He actually had a Yeti cooler, a cut cable
and bolt cutters with him when they stopped him," Portwood says.
Police say Beattie made the mistake of trying to sell the coolers on Craig's list.
"There was one person on Craig's list that was selling multiple Yeti coolers, and every time we had a theft, he had a new ad. He had taken pictures
of these coolers in the bed of the same truck we had on the surveillance film," says Portwood.
With Beattie's arrest, police feel they may have solved dozens of cases from Marshall, Longview and Kilgore. Tanner Beattie is charged with four counts of theft of property from Gregg county, and is out of jail on bond.