updated 4:54 PM UTC, Aug 12, 2020

Cash taken from lumber store, two arrested Sept. 15

MugsTyler County Deputies were dispatched to Parker Lumber & Supply, located just South of Woodville on Highway 69 at about 12:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15.

Deputies, along with Woodville Police Officers, were told that a burglar alarm had been activated showing office entry.

Responding officers discovered that suspect(s) had made entry into the building through the back wall, but no one was found in the store.

During a search of the area, deputies found a white female walking along Highway 69 just south of Parker Lumber. She was identified as Sommer Nicole Lynch, 30, of Kountze. As Deputies spoke with Lynch, they told her that they were in the area due to a burglary that had just occurred at Parker Lumber.

"That's sad to hear, my boyfriend works at Parker Lumber," Lynch said.

She identified her boyfriend as Michael Dianni and told deputies that he was at her home in Kountze.

Hardin County deputies were unable to locate Dianni at that residence.

Tyler County deputies and police continued to search the area for suspects.

Around 4 a.m., deputies located a white male on County Road 1020, just south of Parker Lumber. He was identified as Michael Joseph Dianni, 22, of Ivanhoe.

Dianni admitted to the burglary and led deputies to several items used and taken during the break-in.
Dianni was arrested and taken to the Tyler County Jail charged with burglary of a building.

Lynch was later arrested on a Warrant for burglary of a building. Deputies were unable to immediately locate a backpack containing cash taken from the store.

At day break, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice K-9 Unit was contacted. They arrived on scene with their scent-specific dog, Jethro, and found the backpack in a wooded area between Parker Lumber and County Road 1020.

Deputies also learned that Dianni had been fired from Parker Lumber on Sept. 11.

Both Dianni and Lynch are currently out of jail on a $2,500 bond set by Justice of the Peace Martha Dawson.




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