Four Arrest in Theft Case; Investigators Recover Property 05-16-2014.
MAY 16, 2014.
Four Arrested in Connection toTheft Case;
Investigators Recover Stolen Property
Parker County Sheriff’s investigators recovered several vehicles and tools leading to charges for four suspects in a recent theft case.
The original offense report was filed May 8, 2014, where the complainant told deputies his personal vehicle and three company vehicles had been stolen along with a trailer from a business located in the 6300 block of Interstate 20 in Weatherford. The trucks contained thousands of dollars worth of tools at the time of the thefts. Two additional work trucks left on the premises had been damaged with shattered windshields, damaged tires and severed battery cables.
Earlier this week, deputies discovered one of the stolen trucks abandoned on the side of the road at the intersection of Hilltop Terrace and Mini Ranch Road, and another vehicle abandoned at a hotel off Interstate 20.
The business owner reported a disgruntled ex-employee as a possible suspect, who had been fired just days prior to the offenses.
Another third truck was discovered abandoned in Hudson Oaks at a convenience store.
Video surveillance showed two men entering the parking lot in separate trucks. One male exited the stolen truck, leaving it in the parking lot and left the convenience store with the other male driver. The video showed both men entering the stolen truck and taking items from the truck before they departed the scene.
Tarrant County deputies later observed another suspect exchanging the license plates from another one of the stolen trucks. The suspect, identified as Lacey Gregg, 44, told Parker County Sheriff’s investigators that he was purchasing the truck for cash and methamphetamine.
Sheriff’s investigators also discovered two additional suspects had been pawning items which had been reported stolen from an Arlington church and another church in Parker County. Other stolen items were placed in a storage building by the suspects. Sheriff’s investigators recovered the majority of the items reported stolen including music and electronic equipment from the churches.
The suspects involved in the theft cases were identified as Russell Scott Freeman, 27, of Azle; Dennis Glen Brooks, 44, of Lake Worth; Lacy Elaine Lemmings, 30, of Fort Worth; and Lacy Boyd Gregg, 44, of
Weatherford-Parker County Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team members located Freeman, Lemmings and Brooks, and then booked the suspects into the Parker County Jail.
Freeman was charged with theft of property and a previous warrant for assault causes bodily injury. Freeman was released Thursday on a $ 27,500 bond. Lemmings was charged with theft of property. As of Friday afternoon, she remained incarcerated on a $25,000 bond. Brooks was charged with theft of property and warrants for violating a promise to appear, speeding and a parole violation, which a no bond was placed. As of Friday, Brooks remained incarcerated at the Parker County Jail.
Gregg was charged with theft of property. He was booked into the Mansfield Jail by Tarrant County Sheriff’s deputies.
“Our Criminal Investigations Division investigators and F.A.S.T. members did a wonderful job in following through with the investigation until all suspects connected in this case were apprehended,” said Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler.
The case will routinely be filed with the Parker County District Attorney’s Office for consideration of prosecution.