Discover stolen property, marijuana
HENDERSON COUNTY–A stolen tow truck and motorcycle were discovered after a suspicious vehicle report from a citizen led to a foot chase through woods.
Investigators Cynthia Clements received information from a concerned citizen about a suspicious vehicle in a wooded area off of County Road 3618 in Murchison. In the Summer of 2018, farm equipment, implements and construction equipment and implements were recovered from this same area that were reported stolen.
As Clements approached the area, she observed a vehicle in the woods, later identified as a tow truck. As she approached the vehicle, she observed two males. Once she identified herself, the two males fled on foot, disobeying a direct order from a Peace Officer.
As assistance began arriving, a perimeter was set up and a search was conducted. As Investigators Thornton Corder arrived in the area, they located the two males and they also began a foot pursuit into the woods south of Clements’ original location.
At this time Deputy Hogan, Deputy Robertson and K-9 Max arrived and tracked the suspects further into the woods. The suspects continued in a southeast direction and were once again spotted by Deputy Richard Miller and Investigator Kenneth Slaton, and the suspects began fleeing back north.
Texas Department of Corrections (TDC) arrived with dogs and horses to assist in tracking the suspects. The juvenile suspect was located by the TDC dogs and placed into custody in a swampy area just south of the 11400 block of FM 317.
During this time, Deputy Blake Seward had stayed on CR 3618 with the tow truck which was reported stolen out of Balch Springs Police Department earlier in the day.
The search continued for the second suspect and a tip was received leading the Officers to the 10000 block of FM 317 where the second suspect, Jake Drummond was located and placed under arrest for Theft Property $30K < $150K (A 3rd Degree Felony), Evading Arrest/Detention (Class A Misdemeanor), and an outstanding felony warrant for Assault Impede breath/circulation out of Dallas County (A 3rd Degree Felony).
While at this location a stolen motorcycle was located in the yard, in plain view, and numerous other items believed to have been stolen. Investigators and deputies also smelled a strong odor of what was believed to be marijuana emitting from the inside of the residence that the subjects were inside.
During the investigation, Emlea Yawberry admitted to the possession of the marijuana, which she will be charged with, and Mathew Elrod, a resident of this property, was charged with possession of the stolen motorcycle, Theft of Property $2500 < $ 30K (A State Jail Felony). Mathew also admitted to being involved in the theft of the tow truck and received that charge as well, Theft of Property $30K < $150K (A 3rd Degree Felony).
The juvenile was transported to the Grand Saline Juvenile Detention and booked in for Evading Arrest/Detention (Class A Misdemeanor) and Theft of Property $30K < $150K.
Amongst the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office Investigators and Deputies from numerous divisions were TDCJ, Texas Department of Public Safety, Air One, Henderson County Fire Marshall’s Office, and Athens Police Department.
A search warrant was also signed by 392nd District Judge Scott McKee for the premises and possible stolen property.
There is an ongoing investigation involving other agencies in the Metroplex area.