Three East Montgomery County men are facing felony charges after the Precinct 4 Constable’s Office ended their four-day, two-county crime spree.
On Monday, a Pct. 4 Deputy Constable took a theft report from Richard McDonald, New Caney Municipal Utility District General Manager, who said nine cast iron sewer lids were stolen from multiple locations on Baptist Encampment Road off of FM 1485 and several nearby roads over the weekend. Those lids were replaced early Monday. Within hours, three of the replacement lids and an additional lid had been stolen for a total of stolen 13 lids, valued at $2,405 not including the cost of labor.
The Pct. 4 Deputy Constable began his investigation at recycling business located on US 59 in New Caney, and immediately hit pay dirt. An employee showed the deputy a spot where he said some white males in a blue Toyota sedan dropped several lids matching the deputy’s description. The deputy found four lids, later positively identified by McDonald as property of New Caney MUD and believed to be the four lids stolen earlier on Monday. On the far side of the scrap pile, the deputy found six more lids that also belonged to New Caney MUD.
The deputy returned to the recycling business office to review records. While inside, an employee told him the same vehicle returned to the business and the men unloaded several storm grates, but then noticed the Precinct 4 patrol vehicle on location and fled without waiting for payment. The alert employee noted the vehicle’s license plate, which the deputy was able to match with transaction records and identify suspects by Tuesday.
The deputy then tracked the suspects to a residence on Village Drive, where two of them, Jonathan Davis and Scott McAndrews, were in the blue Toyota and in the process of leaving. After they were detained and advised of their rights, both suspects admitted stealing the New Caney MUD property and named an accomplice. While booking Davis and McAndrews, the deputy learned the third suspect, Caloway, was in custody at the Adult Probation Office. Caloway was then transported to the Precinct 4 office for booking.
All three suspects admitted stealing the New Caney MUD property as well as the rectangular grates abandoned at the recycling business when they saw the deputy’s vehicle parked there. The grates were stolen in Harris County.
Jonathan C. Davis, 24 of Porter; Jeffery A. Caloway, 24, of New Caney; and 50-year-old Scott A. McAndrews of Kingwood are charged with third-degree felony Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity.
McDonald said he never expected to see the lids again, much less have ten of them returned within 24 hours.
“I was so impressed with the Constable’s Office,” McDonald said. “I filed a complaint around 1 p.m. on Tuesday, and had 10 of the 13 lids back that same afternoon. By 1 p.m. the next day, they had two of the three suspects in custody!”
The recycling center told McDonald the remaining three lids are likely buried beneath other scrap right now and they will be returned when they are unearthed, but McDonald said he is already extremely pleased the progress of the case.
“We have 10 lids back and the bad guys are behind bars,” he said.
Pct. 4 Constable Kenneth “Rowdy” Hayden said he was proud of the deputy’s handling of the case and glad to see the thieves behind bars and property returned.
“We appreciate the cooperation we received from the recycling business,” Constable Hayden said. “They helped to expedite this investigation so that justice was quickly served.”