Suspects Sought in Connection to Newspaper Machine Thefts

January 13, 2016 - Sometime between Friday, January 8th and Saturday, January 9th unknown suspects went to Brookshire Brother, H&S Foods and Tec Co Gas Station located in Center, Texas. There they took three (3) Nacogdoches Daly Sentinel newspaper machines one (1) from each location. They then went to Shelbyville Log Cabin store and took a Light and Champion newspaper machine from that location.

Update: According to a press release issued by the Center Police Department, on Friday, January 8, 2016 Center Police Department Officers took a theft report from the Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel. They reported that three newspaper machines were stolen from three locations Brookshire Brothers, Tetco Gas Station and H&S Foods all in the City of Center.

Jeremy EdwardsTevin GarrettLater in the day, Detective Stephen Stroud was advised by Precinct 2 Constable Jamie Hagler that someone had stolen the newspaper stand from Shelbyville Grocery that belongs to the Light and Champion. On the same day, Stroud was advised that two newspaper stands were stolen out of the City of San Augustine that belong to the San Augustine Tribune.

Constable Hagler received a tip from an informant identifying one of the suspects as Tevin Garrett, 23, of Center, Texas. Constable Hagler and Stroud drove to the suspects address and were unable to locate the suspect but found evidence from thefts. Judge Margie Anderson, Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace, issued an arrest warrant for Theft on Garrett who was located and arrested later in the day.

Upon speaking with Garrett, he confessed and identified the other suspect as Jeremy Edwards, 35, of Center from Center and took Stroud, Constable Hagler, Shelby County Sheriff Investigators Dickerson and Windham to two locations where they dumped the six newspaper stands. One location was in a water filled creek off of FM 138 and the other was off the new overpass located on the new loop 500.

Investigators were able to recover four of the machines off of FM 138 late Thursday night with Sheriff’s Deputy Adam Renfro winching them out of the creek water. Investigators then went to suspect Jeremy Edwards residence where Investigator Dickerson arrested Edwards for a failure to appear warrant out of DeSoto Parish.

Upon interviewing Edwards he confessed to the thefts and was arrested for a theft warrant issued by Judge Anderson related to this case. On Friday, January 15, 2016 Shelby County Sheriffs Investigators Windham and Dickerson recovered the remaining two machines from under the overpass on the new loop 500.