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Local lumber theft cases solved

Multiple arrests made

By Danie Huffman
Parker County Sheriff’s Dept. 

The Parker County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division recovered more than $40,000 worth of stolen lumber and building materials that had been taken from sites in Aledo and Weatherford in recent weeks.

Parker County Sheriff Russ Authier said five cases were solved with the arrests. 

“Our Criminal Investigations Division was swift in tracking leads to identify the suspects in connection with numerous cases reported over the past few months,” Authier said. 

Sheriff’s deputies responded to several theft reports in the Aledo and Weatherford areas, where thieves took dozens of new windows valued at more than $5,000, dimensional lumber and hundreds of plywood Tech Shield Radiant Barrier (TSRB) sheets valued at more than $40,000 from new residential construction sites. Victims reported several hundred sheets of TSRB were stolen in June from construction sites located in the 200-Block of Open Sky Lane and the 100-Block of Crimson Sky Lane in the Morningstar Development. 

The investigation led the Sheriff’s CID investigators to the suspects in Fort Worth, where the stolen materials were stored at various residences. Security video recordings capturing the suspects entering the Morningstar addition and taking the items from the construction sites and loading it into their trucks, then fleeing the area. Sheriff’s investigators said the suspects reportedly took building materials from construction sites located in Parker, Tarrant, and Johnson Counties.  

Investigators conducted surveillance at the addresses where the stolen materials had been stored, discovering pallets of plywood and dimensional lumber covered in tarps located in the back yards.  

The suspects were identified as Ivan Dominguez, 19; Carlos Mendoza, 45; Octavio Perez, 18; and Nathan Baez, 17; all of Fort Worth.  

Medoza remains incarcerated on felony theft charges with a United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer. His bond for the theft charge was set at $7,500. 

Dominguez was released on a $15,000 bond for the felony theft charges.

Baez was arrested on felony theft charges June 25. He was released on a $7,500 bond.  

Perez has an active warrant for felony theft. Investigators are seeking Perez’ current location.  

Sheriff Authier said he would like to thank Fort Worth, Haltom City and Burleson Police Departments for their assistance in the investigations, and to Teague Lumber Fort Worth, Fort Worth Lumber Company, Simms Lumber Weatherford, and Texas Door & Window Weatherford for their help throughout the investigation in identifying tracking numbers and generating the fair market value of stolen materials.  

Authier said the case is ongoing and additional charges are pending the investigation. 

“Once the cases are completed, they will be forwarded to the Parker County District Attorney’s Office for prosecutions,” Authier said. “Our investigators worked diligently to locate the suspects and recover the stolen building materials. All property was accounted for though proof of purchase with the assistance of the lumber companies. We are pleased to be able to return the stolen items to the victims.”

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