Couple charged with receiving stolen items

Published 9:28 pm Friday, April 24, 2015

A Selma couple was arrested Thursday for receiving stolen property from a local building supply company.

Derrick Dewayne Thomas, 34, and Cora Lee Scott, 27, were charged with first-degree receiving stolen property, which is a class B felony and is punishable by up 20 years in prison and up to $30,000 in fines.

According to Lt. Curtis Muhannad with the Selma Police Department, the couple’s arrest is related to a Jan. 12 burglary of a supply company on the 1000 block of St. Phillips Street where a large amount of paint and other building supplies was stolen.

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“On April 22, 2015, the Selma Police Department Criminal Investigation Division received an anonymous tip that Derrick Dewayne Thomas had committed the burglary, and the stolen items were currently at his residence located in the 1200 block of Martin Luther King Street,” Muhannad said.

Investigators met with Thomas and Scott at their residence Thursday to discuss the allegations concerning the stolen supplies. Their home, according to Lt. Muhannad, is just one block north of the building supply company.

“A search warrant was issued for the search of their residence, and detectives recovered over $2,900 of stolen merchandise from the building supply company,” Muhannad said. “The couple was detained and transported to the Selma Police Department.”

After detectives interviewed the couple, they were both arrested on probable cause for first-degree receiving stolen property.

“They were booked and transported to the Dallas County Jail with bonds of $30,000 dollars,” Muhannad said.

According to arrest reports for the Dallas County Jail, Thomas made bond by 7 a.m. Friday morning, and Scott was still in jail.