Woodville Police Sergeant Hicks and Officer Elbert Sheffield were called to Citizens State Bank on July 16 to investigate a theft call that Brookshire Brothers had reported to the bank staff. According to Brookshire Brothers staff, a deposit that should have been made by one of the managers on July 16 was never received.
A review of the surveillance tape of the night deposit box revealed an unidentified person wearing a hoodie taking the deposit out of the night drop box. After officers received a copy of the video they called the assistant manager of Brookshire Brothers, identified as Jacob Allen Sheffield, age 23 of Spurger, in for questioning. During the interview, Sheffield went from being a source of information about the crime to a suspect in the theft.
After the initial interview, Sheffield was questioned further and admitted to organizing a scam to steal the money. Sheffield was then charged with felony theft and booked into Tyler County Jail. His accomplice, Karston Chatlain, age 22, of Sour Lake, was also charged with felony theft and turned himself in on July 17.
According to Sheffield, when he went to drop the deposit off in the night drop box, he wedged the door open so that it would not close. Chatlain was then instructed to walk behind him and take the moneybag from the box.
Sergeant Hicks said that it was obvious in the video surveillance that this was an organized crime, and Sheffield can be seen jamming the drop box door while Chatlain stands near the box and quickly grabs the money bag as soon as Sheffield walks away.
A third man has been charged with theft regarding the stolen money bag from Brookshire Brothers on July 16.
Jonathan Allen Arceneaux, age 21 from Port Arthur was booked into jail on July 17, shortly after the other two accomplices in the crime were arrested.
According to reports, Arceneaux had been paid $700 dollars to drive Chatlain from Sour Lake to Woodville, where Sheffield and Chatlain stole a money bag from Brookshire Brothers deposit box.
The $700 dollars paid to Arceneaux has been recovered and all three men face felony theft charges.
All of the money reported stolen has been recovered.