The Commerce Journal

December 24, 2012

Area recyclers indicted for theft by appropriation

The Commerce Journal

COMMERCE — The owners of a Commerce-area recycling business have been indicted for receiving stolen materials.

James Dale Tavener, 58 of Campbell and Jesus Garza, 39, of Commerce, each received one indictment for theft by appropriation of less than $20,000 from the Hunt County grand jury when it met Dec. 14. Arraignment hearings have not been scheduled in the case.

Sheriff Randy Meeks announced investigators with his office and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Regulatory Crimes Bureau conducted an undercover operation Nov. 9 at Dub’s Recycling, 10352 State Highway 224 near Commerce.

“Investigators have received numerous allegations that the business was knowingly purchasing stolen property and regulated metals,” Meeks said. “This same location was also contacted by both agencies at the first of this year for some of the same allegations and were warned numerous times.”

The indictment alleged Tavener and Garza purchased the items from an undercover DPS agent after “it was explicitly represented” that the material was stolen.