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Parker County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division is investigating multiple theft reports occurring over the last month.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said 24 incidents were reported involving thefts of air conditioning units and copper wire in the last 30 days.
“Copper prices have increased, therefore, increasing copper theft reports,” Fowler said.
Property owners and real estate agents reported the thefts have occurred mostly in abandoned or vacant residences, construction sites and rental/sale properties scattered throughout Parker County. Sheriff’s investigators said more than 20 cases of AC units and copper wiring thefts have been reported on the last several weeks.
Sheriff’s investigators arrested two men earlier this month in connection with several cases. The suspects, identified as Aaron Blake Howard, 18, and Anthony Wayne Farris, 21, both of Springtown, were charged with burglary of a habitation and theft of materials. Howard was initially charged with theft of materials and evading arrest detention and was later additionally charged with burglary of a habitation. Farris was charged with two counts of burglary of a habitation and two counts of theft of materials. As of Friday, Dec. 10, both men remained incarcerated at the Parker County Jail. Farris’ bond was set at $65,000 and Howard’s bond was set at $38,000.
Sheriff’s investigators are following up on several leads to the remaining cases and said the incidents have occurred during daylight hours as well as over night.
Fowler said preventative tips include security systems, property fencing to keep out intruders, boxing outdoor AC units in a locked area and locking doors and windows to homes.
“A vigilant eye is always one of the best measures in preventing crime,” Fowler said. “We encourage residents to call in any and all suspicious activity they see in their neighborhood. If you spot someone suspicious in your area, write down a license plate and give it to our dispatchers and deputies, if possible, and focusing on getting an accurate description of the suspects will help our investigators tremendously.”
Anyone with information about these crimes is encouraged to call the Parker County Sheriff’s Office at 817-594-8845, or the Parker County Crime Stoppers Hotline at 817-599-5555. Callers may remain anonymous. Crime Stoppers will pay up to a $1,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and indictment of the suspect(s) involved.