Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

March 19, 2013

Burglars hit county barn

Truck recovered; $7,500 in tools, tires missing

By Bob Belcher
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — For the third time since taking office, Precinct 3 Navarro County Commissioner David “Butch” Warren is dealing with a theft from his county barn in Dawson.

Sometime overnight Monday, thieves broke into the barn property, loading up about $7,500 worth of tires, tools, oil and anti-freeze and hauling it off in a truck and trailer, also stolen from the barn.

Sheriff’s deputies recovered the truck and trailer Tuesday morning near the Old Dawson Lake, but the tools and tires were gone.

Warren said the burglars apparently cut the lock off a gate to gain entrance to the barn. Two shop windows were broken out, he said, allowing the thieves to gain access to the tires, tools, and keys to the Ford 550 truck.

Among the items missing — six tires, a cutting torch and cutting head, a chop saw, a pole saw, a weedeater, an air jack, an impact wrench, and various tire tools. Also taken was a standard and metric tap and dye set, 17 gallons of oil and 18 gallons of anti-freeze.

“This is the way they’ve been doing it since before I was elected,” Warren said of the thefts. “They loaded all the stuff in the shop they could take then took it out to the lake and unloaded it.”

Warren said the thieves steal the same things every time.

“All the tires, tire tools, and anything else small they can load they take it with them,” he said. “I figure its the same group of individuals doing the same thing.”

Warren said he is working on improving security and visibility of the barn site in hopes of cutting down future thefts.

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