Motor theft arrest

Lufkin Police Det. Chris Carroll, left, and officer Dalton Estes speak with Edward Taylor, 25, of Diboll, just before taking him to jail on a charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle Tuesday.

Lufkin Police arrested a Diboll man Tuesday afternoon in connection with a truck stolen earlier in the day.

Edward Taylor Jr., 25, is charged with unauthorized use of vehicle. As of Tuesday afternoon, he remained in the Angelina County Jail with no bond set for his charge.

Detectives reviewed surveillance video of a vehicle theft from a repair shop on North Timberland Drive and recognized Taylor as a suspect; he had left the business around 3 a.m. in a maroon 1992 Chevrolet pickup that was left at the shop to be serviced, the incident report on the arrest states. The shop’s owner noted the missing vehicle around 11 a.m. and reported it to LPD.

As detectives searched for Taylor, the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office checked his name for warrants on the radio; someone reported him as a suspicious person after he parked the stolen vehicle in a tree line off of U.S. Highway 59 north at FM 2021 near a gas station.

LPD detectives and an officer contacted the deputies and identified Taylor as the stolen vehicle suspect. The truck was recovered from the scene.

“We want to thank ACSO for their assistance in this arrest,” a release from LPD spokeswoman Jessica Pebsworth states.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the incident remained under investigation.

Austin King's email address is austin.king@lufkindailynews.com.