An accidental pocket dial to 911 landed two alleged Lufkin copper thieves behind bars early Wednesday morning.
Kevin Williamson, 32, and Charles Williamson, 30, were arrested on charges of copper theft near the intersection of College Drive and South John Redditt Drive around midnight Wednesday, according to a police report.
A dispatcher tipped off police after it appeared one of the two men accidentally called 911 while talking about committing the crime. Based on the conversation, the dispatcher was able to figure out their location and that they were driving away from the scene of the alleged crime as officers neared the area, the report stated.
On the 9-minute, 911 recording, released by Lufkin Police Wednesday afternoon, the two men can be heard discussing their plans to make the theft. Seven minutes into the recording, Charles Williamson spots a squad car and says “Kevin, he’s over there in the (expletive) turn lane. He’s gonna pull us over.”
As the police officer hesitates before initiating the traffic stop, Kevin Williamson says “You (expletive) going to pull us over or what?”
The traffic stop on their vehicle led to the recovery of aluminum and copper wire stolen from a construction site near the intersection of Daniel McCall and College Drive.
The men were arrested and taken to the Angelina County Jail, charged with state jail felony theft. If convicted they face up to two years in state jail. State jail sentences are served day for day with no early release for good behavior.
According to county records, Charles Williamson has been arrested 17 times in Angelina County since 1998 on charges including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, public intoxication and possession of marijuana.
Kevin Williamson also has a criminal record, with five arrests in Angelina County since 1999.
They both remained in the Angelina County Jail Wednesday afternoon, as their bonds had not been set.
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