Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 1:20 A.M., Officers responded to 3910 Eastex Freeway (Home Depot) in reference to a burglary in progress. Upon arrival, officers were advised a large truck had damaged the fencing in the garden center and appeared items were stolen. After a review of the surveillance footage, a City of Beaumont dump truck was observed striking the fence and then driving to the south side of the property. Two black males loaded several pieces of lumber into the truck and left the business. Officers located the truck traveling north on Concord Rd. After a brief pursuit, Roderick Hale, a 43 year old Beaumont man, was taken into custody without incident. The truck was assigned to the Streets and Drainage Division and a manager was contacted. Auto Theft Task Force( ATTF) responded to the scene and are still investigating the incident. Hale was arrested and transported to the Jefferson County Jail where he was booked in for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and Fleeing in a Motor Vehicle.
This incident is still under investigation and more charges are pending. If you have information about this incident or a second suspect, contact Southeast Texas Crime Stoppers at 409-833-TIPS or download the P3 TIPS app and use your smartphone or tablet to submit your tip. ALL tips are anonymous and you may be eligible for a cash reward.