ECSO: 2 local theft suspects caught
ELLIS COUNTY - Two Hispanic males were arrested on Highway 77 for theft around the area on Friday, Aug. 28 around 12:25 p.m.
Lt. James Saulter with the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office reported a complainant called in and noticed someone was trying to steal her lawnmower out of her garage and alerted law enforcement.
Upon receiving the phone call, several deputies were dispatched to the area of Youngblood and Broadhead roads on an attempted theft call.
Dispatch advised a black Ford Ranger pickup with yellow stripes on the tailgate, pulling a flat bed trailer, had just attempted to steal a riding mower on YoungBlood road.
Corporal Philip Slaughter and Sergeant Tommy Spaniel conducted a traffic stop on a black Ford Ranger matching the description from dispatch on Highway 77 and Anita Lane.
The driver, identified as Manuel Machuca-Montero, did not have a driver’s license or liability insurance on the vehicle and was arrested for driving without a license.
After further investigation it was found Manuel, a 33-year-old from Waxahachie, and passenger Agustin Jacobo-Martinez, did in fact attempt to steal a riding mower from the 500 block of YoungBlood and did steal a power washer from the 3500 block FM 878 which they were still in possession of.
"The two suspects did admit to theft," said Saulter.
Martinez, a 35 -year-old from Waxahachie was charged with attempted theft of property $1,500 to $20K and theft of property $500 to $1,500 with bonds totaling $7,000.
Montero was charged with attempted theft of property $1,500 to $20K, theft of property $500 to $1,500, no driver’s license and failure to maintain financial responsibility with bonds and fees totaling $7,600.
Both men are currently out on bail.