Tenaha police say evidence should lead to solving stolen truck case

Pickup left running was stolen and recovered Saturday night

Tenaha Police Chief Jeremy Pope said he expects a speedy resolution in an investigation involving a stolen pickup which officers recovered Saturday night.


On Monday Pope, Capt. Joey Hudnall and Patrol Officer Jonathon Newton processed the truck for evidence. Pope said all evidence found will be hand delivered to the crime lab in Tyler.

Hundall said evidence found should result in resolution of the case.

“At this time we are looking at everything and have enough evidence to lead us in a certain direction,” Hundall said. “With the evidence we found we should be able to wrap this case up fairly quickly.”

Hundall said the department was advised by dispatchers of a report of a stolen vehicle about 8:50 p.m. Saturday. He and Newton met with the complainant.

The complaintant told officers he left his truck running in the park while visiting with a family member across the street from the park. When he saw his truck pulling away he at first thought someone was playing a trick on him, Hundall said.

He quickly realized his truck was being stolen so he contacted his wife and contacted dispatch.

While Newton was taking the report, Hudnall went to search for the truck and discovered it in a gully on MLK Street in Tenaha.

At that time, Hudnall said he contacted Pope to assist with getting the truck out of the gully to help ensure evidence was not destroyed while the truck was being removed.

Pope said officers would like to thank Joey Ross Towing for their professionalism and for securing the truck while helping to maintain the integrity of the any evidence that might be on the vehicle.

It was taken to a secure location until it could be processed for fingerprints and other evidence, Pope said.