2 arrested for burglaries

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, June 30, 2018
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Two people have been arrested in a string of vehicle burglaries in south Wise County.

Wise County Sheriff’s Office investigators had been looking into the case since numerous vehicle burglaries were reported in Newark on or about May 12 through May 15.

According to arrest warrant affidavits, investigators received information that Stephen Zackary Bell, 18, and Tanner Lee Scott, 17, were part of several vehicle burglaries in the area.

On June 7, investigators talked to Scott, who said Bell and another man came to his house one night with several different kinds of property with them. They told Scott the items had been stolen from cars in the Newark area, including Sandy Bass Lane and Pettit Drive. Among the items stolen was a black took box, a GPS, tools, two nail guns, several backpacks, a Northwest ISD tablet and a pair of blue Silverado car keys.

On June 11, investigators spoke to Bell, who confessed he was part of the vehicle burglaries, according to the affidavit. Bell said Scott and the other man also participated in the burglaries which took place around Rogers Road.

Bell was arrested on nine charges of burglary of a vehicle and Scott was arrested on eight charges of burglary of a vehicle.

“The investigation is continuing,” Sheriff Lane Akin said. “We may be looking at other possible suspects.”

Investigators are also looking into the possibility that the Newark teens may be involved with similar vehicle burglaries in the Shale Creek area around May 2.

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