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Diesel fuel theft investigation leads to arrest

ANDERSON CO., July 26, 2013--On July 24, at approximately 11:45 pm., Deputy Andrea Pearson was dispatched to a business in the 2700 block of ACR 422, in reference to a theft of diesel fuel. Upon arrival, she met with the owner who advised someone had taken approximately 200 gal. of diesel. During the investigation, Deputy Pearson obtained a surveillance video of the theft.

On July 25, at approximately 10:35 p.m., as Deputy Pearson was checking on duty, she heard a theft in progress at the same location dispatched over the radio. Upon her arrival, the gate to the property was damaged and appeared someone had driven through it.

She met the owner, who advised he had been sitting in his pickup when he saw the suspect, later identified as Nicholas Dale Myers, white male, age 18, drive up to the gate. The owner called 911 and while waiting for deputies to arrive, saw the suspect turn on the light to his vehicle and start driving down the road. The owner advised he followed him but lost him at FM 3224. The owner advised the suspect had run through the gate, causing approximately $3000.00 damage to the gate and electric opener.

The son of the business owner had been called by his father and as he approached the business, he saw the suspect pass him and recognized him as former employee Nick Myers.

While Deputy Pearson was at the scene, she was advised by dispatch that Myers had just dropped off a pickup and trailer at a friend’s house on ACR 2140, and was picked up by his wife.

Deputy Pearson went to the house on ACR 2140. In the field behind the house, she found a Ford F250 and a 16 foot bumper pull trailer. The truck was found to have damage to the front end with numerous areas of red paint that matched the color of the gate.

Deputy Russell Wesson, Sgt. Bobby Bishop and Sgt. Gerald Kerr went to Myers’ residence at 2020 MLK, and found Myers. Myers told the Deputies that he was the person who had taken the diesel, and he was the person driving the Ford pickup.

Myers was taken into custody and was transported to the Anderson County Jail without incident.

Nicholas Myers was charged with Criminal Mischief, a State Jail felony. His bond was set at $10,000.00 by Judge Carl Davis.

Further charges are pending. 

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