Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

July 26, 2013

Fuel thief is currently in custody

Ben Tinsley
Jacksonville Daily Progress


A Corrigan man believed to be responsible for a rash of area fuel thefts apparently has indicated to authorities he also stole 600 gallons of diesel fuel from the Cherokee County Precinct 2 County Barn and the Alto ISD Bus Barn in early July.

Multiple charges have been filed against Zacorian White of Corrigan, who was arrested during a Nacogdoches Police Department traffic stop late last week.

Both locations are on FM-851 South – inside the City Limits of Alto.

Indeed, the fuel thefts that occurred in Cherokee County earlier in the month is what prompted authorities to pool their resources and hunt the suspect or suspects together throughout Cherokee County and into Nacogdoches County, reports show.

Corrigan was questioned about local fuel thefts and during questioning admitted to having committed the fuel thefts the fuel thefts in Jacksonville – as well as others of which Nacogdoches authorities had no knowledge, police said.

Shortly after the confession, Nacogdoches County investigators called Cherokee COunty and the city of Alto and shared the information.

A lieutenant from Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, went to Nacogdoches County Jail on July 20 to interview White.

As a result of the interview, the lieutenant obtained a State Jail Felony arrest warrant through Precinct 4 Justice Of The Peace Judge Vera Foreman.

Nacogdoches County was notified of the outstanding warrant, and a hold has been placed on White who will be transported to Cherokee County Jail should he make bond on the charges out of Nacogdoches County.

The barn fuel theft is being investigated by Alto Police Department. Charges could be forthcoming by the State of Texas Comptroller's Office.