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Cops nab car thief after chase

By Brandon Evans | Published Saturday, September 7, 2013

{{{*}}}A pair of car thieves brazenly attempted to steal a pickup truck and trailer and burglarize other vehicles in the middle of the day Wednesday in Decatur.

Carlos Delapena

Carlos Delapena, 20, of Dallas allegedly stole a pickup and trailer around 11:30 a.m. from the back parking lot of Catfish O’Harlies.

“The owner of the truck was in the restaurant when he saw it drive by,” said Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins. “He said, ‘That’s a good looking truck.’ He realized moments later, ‘Hey! That’s my truck!’”

About 15 minutes earlier, an accomplice in a gray Dodge pickup was seen breaking into a vehicle in the parking lot at Lowe’s. Decatur Police Sgt. Delvon Campbell soon located both headed south on U.S. 81/287. Both vehicles took the Farm Road 407 exit.

Delapena then crashed into an oil field gate off 407 and attempted to flee further on foot. Campbell chased down and arrested Delapena, but the suspect in the gray pickup managed to evade arrest, apparently heading down FM 407. Decatur police are still tracking down leads in an attempt to locate and identify the suspect.

The pair were possibly involved in several more burglary of a motor vehicle cases that have occurred in the area.

“The way they broke into the vehicles matches the description of six or seven other burglary of a motor vehicle cases we’ve seen recently,” Hoskins said.

Delapena was charged with theft, criminal mischief, evading arrest, failure to identify himself as fugitive and for outstanding warrants for engaging in organized crime in Rockwall County and burglary of a motor vehicle in Terrell. He’s being held on $197,500 bond in Wise County Jail where he remained as of Friday afternoon.

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