Vehicle thefts in Smith County under investigation

TYLER - An investigation is being conducted by the East Texas Auto Theft Task Force after after two vehicles were stolen Wednesday evening on FM 14 near Tyler State Park.

Smith County Constable, Josh Joplin reported that his office received information about suspicious activity near the park. 

After receiving permission from the property owner, accompanied by the deputy constable, Joplin went to the location and discovered a 2003 Chevrolet Suburban that was burned and cup up into pieces and placed on a trailer.

Upon further investigation, law enforcement officials also found a 1994 Jackson 16 ft. enclosed trailer parked in the woods.

Constable Joplin believed these vehicles may have been stolen.

He then contacted the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Smith County Sheriff's Department's East Texas Auto Theft Task Force based in Tyler for their help to deepen their investigation to recover the vehicle identification number on the Suburban due to its burned condition.

The task force came to the location in question and obtained a vehicle identification number on both the Suburban and trailer.

The Suburban was discovered to be reported stolen through the Smith County Sheriff's Office, from the Whitehouse area and the trailer had been reported stolen from Wood County.

The task force was able to recover both the Suburban and the trailer and they will be further investigating their thefts.

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