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Two Woodville women arrested for scrap metal theft

by Emily Waldrep

Corporal Tony Reynolds talked on April 1 with a complainant, Ida Mae Vann, by phone about a recent theft. Vann reported that she had several items taken from her property on County Road 3050 in Douctte throughout the past month.

She provided a list of stolen items including car batteries, sheet metal, air conditioning condensing units, copper wire and other items that are known to the Tyler County Sheriff's Department to be sold for scrap.

According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, neighbors reported that they had seen two females hauling items from the property in a truck. When the neighbor confronted the females, they said that they had permission to remove materials from the property.

On April 2, Burrel Vann spoke with Deputy Coker of the Tyler County Sheriff's Department with an additional list of items stolen from the property.

Corporal Reynolds then met with an employee at Woodville Iron and Metal and employees were able to print out two invoices from two transactions on March 12 with photos of the vehicle and person who sold the items. The items in the photos seemed to match the description of what the Vann's had reported stolen and there were two white females in the photos, which matched the description the neighbor gave to deputies.

The driver could be identified at the recycling center as Tiffany Louis Malone, age 35, of Woodville.

Deputy Reynolds met with Malone at her residence and Malone admitted that she and another female, identified as Jessica Persons, age 36, of Woodville took the items from a house on County Road 3050 and admitted that they did not have permission to take the items and that she had broken the law.

Malone provided a written confession, and told deputies that Persons was also inside the residence.

Malone was charged with Theft of Material: 50% Aluminum/Bronze/Copper.

Persons was charged with Theft of Material: 50% Aluminum/Bronze/Copper, along with several other outstanding city warrants, such as Theft Class C and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Since the theft was against someone 65 years of age or older, the charge was heightened to a third degree felony.




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