A man accused of stealing items in Sabine County has been found and arrested in Jasper County.

Sabine County Sheriff Tom Maddox says that a Jeep, a 4-wheeler, and a power saw were recently stolen from the Gene Williams residence in Brookeland on the Sabine County side of the line. With help from Jasper County deputies, those items were recovered a short distance away on Tuesday morning, also just inside Sabine County.

Sheriff Maddox said the case was investigated by Sergeant Leon Miller who identified their suspect and obtained arrest warrants the same day.

Jasper County Chief Deputy Scotty Duncan said that deputies located the suspect, 18-year-old Joseph Smith, of Brookeland, late Tuesday night in a trailer park near Highway 96 and County Road 200 in Brookeland.

However, Duncan said Smith ran and hid underneath a mobile home and refused to come out, resulting in a deputy having to crawl under the house and drag him out.

Smith is now in the Jasper County Jail awaiting transfer back to Sabine County with one count of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle filed against him, and more charges pending.

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