SMITH COUNTY, Texas (KETK) – The Smith County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to help them find a man believed to be connected to several burglaries in Smith County, authorities said on Monday.
According to law enforcement, burglaries and theft cases were reported in the western part of Smith County. Similar incidents were also discovered in Chandler.
The sheriff’s office said they now have a person of interest. They are looking for a white man who drives an older Dodge pickup truck. The vehicle could be white with black wheels and no grill. Authorities said there are three dents in the truck’s hood.
Long-time Flint resident, Chance Wilkerson, said hearing about the thefts in the area is concerning. He’s even been a victim.
“When you live out in the sticks like this and in rural areas, you need to be on your guard. You don’t have to worry, but be on your guard,” said Wilkerson.
Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith said the same person is burglarizing different areas, sometimes mainly looking for ATVs.
“The person appears to be looking for anything that is not tied down. They are taking advantage of four-wheelers that are already loaded on trailers,” said Smith.
The sheriff’s office shared two photos from a burglary on County Road 1131 in Flint. The man and the truck were observed in other similar cases, law enforcement said.
Wilkerson said that even if the person is taken into custody, another one will take their place.
“Come on now, this is not one person, this is multiple people and you can’t tell me that they don’t know each other, because when you steal a vehicle you obviously have to sell it to somebody,” said Wilkerson.
Smith urges residents to talk to their neighbors about what is going on in their neighborhood and get the license plate numbers for any vehicles that look suspicious.
The best advice is to not intentionally make yourself vulnerable because burglars will constantly watch neighborhoods for potential victims.
“Lock your car, don’t leave valuables in your car, lock your car, make sure you’re in a well-lit area and make sure your vehicle is in a well-lit area,” said Wilkerson.
The more difficult it is for burglars to get your valuables, the harder is will be for them to take advantage.
If anyone knows the suspect or recognizes the vehicle, they should call the sheriff’s office at 903-566-6600 or Investigator Jason Hampton at 903-590-2629.