Arrest made in trailer theft
Orange County Sheriff’s Office recovered a stolen travel trailer and arrested two suspects today in Jasper County. Jacob Lee Chilree, 33, of Stowell and Amanda Brooke Manuel, 35, of Buna were booked for 3rd Degree Felony Theft and remain in custody, with no bond, awaiting arraignment.
According to Chief Deputy Clint Hodgkinson, OCSO investigated the theft around 7:20 a.m. The travel trailer had been parked near the 3100 block of Texas Avenue near Bridge City in Orange County on Wednesday near a business that had video surveillance.
Upon reviewing the recorded video, it was discovered that a white male and white female drove up to the travel trailer in a white Ford SUV in the late afternoon daylight hours May 21 and then returned several hours later after dark. When they returned the second time, they hooked up to the trailer and drove off.
Information was passed on to other patrol Deputies in Orange County. Around 8 a.m., a Sheriff’s Patrol Deputy working in north Vidor spotted a travel trailer being pulled by a white Ford SUV heading northbound on FM 105 into Jasper County.
Once the Deputy got close to the trailer, he could read the license plate and determined it was in fact the stolen trailer. He followed behind the trailer while dispatchers notified Jasper County that the Orange County Deputy was behind the stolen trailer.
The Orange County Deputy was able to stop and detain the suspects in Jasper County. Jasper County Justice of the Peace Debbie Berry arrived on scene to hold a hearing enabling the OC Deputy to detain both subjects and transport the two back across the county line to the Orange County Jail.
Hodgkinson said the owner of the travel trailer was able to recover his property.