by Emily Walrep
The Tyler County Sheriff's Office received a teletype, or information that is passed between law enforcement agencies, from the Nacogdoches Sheriff's Department in early January regarding a stolen 1961 Lincoln welding machine.
"What made this stand out is that we had the serial numbers and model of the welder, and it also had a skull and crossbones sticker and a Chris Kyle Rest in Peace Sticker that could easily identify the welding machine," said Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford.
According to Weatherford, the Sheriff's department had been looking for the machine since receiving the teletype, and on February 6 Deputies were in the Colmesneil area on Miles Loop Road to serve an arrest warrant to Jason Ferguson of Colmesneil.
When deputies arrived at the residence, they noticed no one was home; but, they observed an older model white welding machine in the back of the house on a small trailer in the driveway. The deputies took a closer look at the machine and noticed the stickers that made the machine stand out.
Deputies contacted Nacogdoches Sheriff's Office and confirmed it was the welding machine that had been stolen from their county, so deputies transported the welding machine back to the Tyler County Sheriffs Department.
Later on that same day, Ferguson was located at the Colmesneil Exxon and was arrested for an outstanding warrant. According to Weatherford, Ferguson told deputies that he had purchased the welding machine but was unable to provide a bill of sale or proof of purchase for the machine.
Ferguson has pending charges for Felony Theft as the case is being investigated.
"When this first came out of Nacogdoches County, this welding machine was attached to the back of a pickup," Weatherford said. "Thankfully this man was able to get his welder and his pickup back."