The Jasper County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a work truck that was stolen late Sunday night or early Monday morning in Brookeland. According to Lieutenant Investigator John Cooper, the white 2004 Ford F-650 4-door double cab and all of the work equipment on it is valued at well over $100,000.00.
Cooper said the owner of the truck, Thomas Edward Smith, last saw the truck parked at his shop next to his home on U.S. Highway 96 at about 8:00 Sunday night, and when one of his workers arrived at 4:00 the next morning, the truck was gone.
Cooper said the truck is loaded down with work equipment and tools, including a crane, a cutting torch with associated equipment, a Lincoln welding machine, an air compressor, and many more items.
The truck has Texas license plate BH89215.
Cooper said the suspect, or suspects, also removed a battery from an 18-wheeler on the property and tried to use it to start a Ford F-250 to steal it. However, Cooper said they gave up when they realized that the battery wouldn't fit in the truck.
If you know where the stolen truck is or if you have any information about the crime, call the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department at 409-384-5417, or any law enforcement agency. You do not have to give your name.