Wood Co. Sheriff criminal investigation division report - Oct. 3-9 | Crime
From Wood County Sheriff's Department:
Sgt. Carolyn Tanner obtained warrants in four separate cases and forwarded an injury to a child case to the District Attorney’s office for prosecution. Sgt. Tanner also closed an additional five cases.
Friday, October 4, 2013 an investigation into the Melton Scrap Yard in Hawkins on Hwy 14 came to a conclusion. Since the first of this year, investigators have visited this scrap yard multiple times. Each time the management of the business either refused to or was unable to provide records of their scrap purchases. Starting in May of this year investigators with the Sheriff’s Office along with Texas DPS investigators began looking into the scrap yard for violating the state requirements to report the purchase of certain scrap metals, namely copper wire.
During the investigation, scrap yard manager James Heath Himes purchased a length of copper wire, the most common stolen in Wood County, from an undercover DPS agent. At the time of purchase, Mr. Himes did not require any proof of ownership from the undercover agent and knowingly recorded a fictitious name for him in the scrap yard’s sales records. In the following months, the scrap yard did not report this purchase to DPS, as required by law, and had this wire actually been stolen, the fictitious records would have hindered an investigation by law enforcement. Mr. Himes was arrested on Friday by Wood County investigators and booked into the Wood County jail for the offense of tampering with government documents. He posted a $20K bond and was released.
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