An oilfield scavenger was interrupted in the midst of his heist Saturday evening, fleeing the scene of the crime when officers arrived and racing away – on an ATV stolen a day earlier.
Officers were initially dispatched to the former Inland Products site on a report of “suspicious circumstances” after an employee at nearby Basa Resources called in a report of person on a four-wheeler near the offices at the shuttered operation at 2217 Industrial Blvd.
According to Kilgore PD records, “Officers responded and observed a white male tampering with outdoor cameras. As officers approached, the suspect fled.”
KPD officers pursued the man north on Industrial Boulevard and through the traffic circle about a mile away.
“A short pursuit resulted in the suspect wrecking 4-wheeler on the train tracks between (Hwy.) 135 and Commerce” in a wooded area, KPD reported.
Officers approached on foot, but the suspect was gone. Ofc. Brady Middlebrooks and K-9 Marco responded as well but were unable to find the man, returning from the search about 8 p.m.
The discarded ATV was impounded.
“That four-wheeler was stolen (Dec. 22) from an address on Stone Road,” Sgt. Jarod Sears confirmed Tuesday.