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Police Detain 2 Men Believed to be Part of Wheel and Rim Theft Ring

By: Nicole Morten Email
By: Nicole Morten Email

So far, they've come and gone undetected, leaving nothing but their infamous signature behind; a signature bold enough to attract the attention of the law -- and even -- area car dealers, including the Henson Family in Madisonville.

“Derek Scott called me and told me about what happened to his dealership and so I got with my GM and we contacted our local authorities and placed extra people on watch," said Fred Henson, owner of Henson Ford in Madisonville.

As it turns out, just hours after that phone call was made…

“Around 10:30 city police spotted two suspicious individuals at Henson Ford," said Madisonville Sheriff Travis Neeley.

Jerry Wayne Louis and Jeremy Cardell Bassue of Houston allegedly told Madisonville Police they were car shopping. While there is nothing illegal about viewing vehicles after hours…

“Both of them had extensive criminal records with auto theft, burglaries, and so forth and had a pair of bolt cutters in the car with them," said Neeley.

After giving what police considered conflicting stories, the two were detained.

“Another individual had a hat that had security written on it, and he passed himself as a security guard, as a hired security contractor for the weekend," Neeley said.

The scenario hits too close to home for the Henson family. Eighteen months ago thieves with identical motives came to Henson Ford and took off with nearly $100,000 in wheels and tires. After Sunday’s arrest, the owners say they're not surprised the thieves are back again.

“Those people do that kind of stuff over and over so there's not a deterrent to keep them from doing it,” said Henson.

While that may be questionable -- communication coupled with good timing -- is a deterrent Henson is sticking with.

"Don't mess with the Henson family, how about that! Don't mess with Madisonville," exclaimed Henson.

We also spoke to Robertson County Sheriff Gerald Yezak who says several surrounding counties will be meeting with the a task force from the Texas Department of Public Safety on Thursday morning.


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