DALLAS – The Parker County Sheriff’s Department said it had arrested and charged several wanted people for stealing tens of thousands of dollars in building materials.
Building materials are a hot commodity and hard to find due to the pandemic downturn in production. This is why they have become an important target for thieves.
“The lumber companies are all supported and they are put on a waiting list. Then they are robbed. It really hurts these companies,” said Matthew Scurry, a county sheriff’s department investigator. Parker.
Carlos Mendoza, 45, Ivan Dominguez, 19, and Nathan Baez, 17, were arrested. Another suspect, Octavio Perez, 18, is still at large.
âTwo of them are roofers, one is a general contractor and another is inspecting and bidding for roofs,â Scurry said.
The sheriff said suspects would load materials stolen from construction sites in Parker, Tarrant and Johnson counties. They then stored them in several different homes across Fort Worth. Then they would sell what they had stolen to other work crews who were desperate and waiting for roofing materials and other jobs.
âWhen they would steal it, they would say, ‘Oh, don’t you have that job coming up? I’m selling it to you for $ 40 a sheet.’ But people have already offered the contract at $ 94 a sheet, so they’re just going to pocket the rest and make a pretty substantial profit, âScurry said.
All of the suspects face charges of theft in the case involving more than $ 40,000 in salvaged lumber and building materials.
Investigators say that the security video of the construction sites and the surveillance put in place at these houses played a key role in the search for the suspects. Officials found pallets of plywood and other lumber under tarps in the backyards.
The Parker County Sheriff’s Department said that even with the arrests, the investigation was ongoing.
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