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Couple caught on tape trying to steal dragster
Authorities searching for additional suspects
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A couple has been bound on charges of grand theft and burglary for trying to steal a dragster from outside a local business.
The suspects, Eric Lee Dodson and Anna Campbell, were bound to the grand jury by Judge Bill Locke on the felony counts.
They were charged after a video surveillance tape linked them to the attempted theft that happened outside Lassiter’s Towing Service on Smithville Highway. Sheriff’s investigators went to the business after the owner of the vehicle, a 1997 convertible top Camaro (drag car) worth $30,000, found the steering column had been busted by someone attempting to hot wire the vehicle.
“There was a video of a four-door Nissan truck driving by the business and stopping in the lot next to Lassiter’s,” revealed sheriff’s investigator Steven Carpenter, noting lawmen were able to identify two of the people in the vehicle as Dodson and Campbell. They are still on the trail of other people who were seen in the video clip.
Carpenter said on the same video clip a third man can be seen walking to and from the car with a tool bag. After a few minutes on the scene, the group can be seen leaving with Dodson driving. Carpenter pointed out Dodson has a suspended license.
The victim of the attempted theft estimated his drag car suffered $3,200 worth of damage to its ignition switch and gauges.