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Suspect in custody for theft of vehicle
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TRINITY – The recovery of a stolen truck on Pinecrest Road on April 22 has lead to the arrest of a suspect. Patrick Steven Carter was taken into custody on an unauthorized use of a motor vehicle charge on May 11 by Pct. 1 Constable Woody Wallace and Deputy Constable Mark Cole. The investigation began when Cole responded April 22 to a call on Pinecrest Road in Precinct 2. The deputy constable found an unoccupied truck in the bar ditch and when a computer check was made on the license plate, he learned it had been reported stolen in Houston. Following the discovery, a photography of the stolen truck was published in The Trinity Standard and Wallace issued a press release asking for information from the public. A call was then received informing officers that the truck had been seen in Westwood Shores. Following up on the tip, Wallace and Cole contacted the access control gate at the subdivision to view the traffic log and searched the recorded license plates and vehicle descriptions. With the assistance of Westwood Shores Access Control Security Officers, the constables found the vehicle had been driven into Westwood Shores on two different occasions. After identifying the dates and times, they were able to view the digital recording at the security gate and found the truck entering the gate and being logged in by security officers. The suspect used his name and gave the security officers the address to where he was later found to be staying with family. After interviewing several people, Cole and Wallace were able to obtain an arrest warrant signed by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Bernie Beard charging Carter with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Cole and Wallace took Carter into custody in Westwood Shores around 9:10 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, and transported him to the county jail in Groveton. Additional charges are pending out of the Houston Police Department.


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