Suspects Arrested, More Than $400,000 in Stolen Property Recovered
August 20, 2008 - Investigators in the Houston Police Department Burglary and Theft Division’s Metal Theft Unit have arrested three suspects wanted in the theft and sale of more than $400,000 in oil field equipment on July 30, 2008.
The suspects are identified as Gary Dashun Walker (b/m, DOB: 10-11-82), Erron Duquarr Adair (b/m, DOB: 11-5-84) and Brandon James Adams (b/m, DOB: 12-21-84). All are charged with 1st degree felony theft in the 185th State District Court and are currently in custody. Photos of the suspects are attached to this news release.
On July 31, employees from Texas Port Recycling at 4400 Pinemont, notified investigators in the HPD Metal Theft Unit they had received some suspicious material worth $417,410 from several suspects, which was believed to be stolen. At that time, investigators were unable to identify the owner of the material.
Following a news broadcast on August 6, investigators obtained information that identified the owner of the material as Valve Technologies Incorporated, 5904 Bingle, in Houston. Further investigation determined suspect Walker used his cousin’s Texas driver’s license, who is deployed in Iraq with the United States Army, as identification to sell items at the scrap yard. Walker was positively identified by his thumbprint on the scrap metal business paperwork and on Sunday (August 17) he was arrested. Adams and Adair were also positively identified and arrested on August 14 and 15, respectively.
The new City of Houston Scrap Metal Ordinance requires all scrap metal businesses to obtain a thumbprint of anyone who sells metal to a scrap metal business and this was the first case in which this information was used to identify a suspect.