Weatherford Democrat

October 29, 2012

Suspected truck thief arrested

Christin Coyne
CNHI

PARKER COUNTY — Parker County authorities helped catch a convicted felon this week believed to be involved in at least two incidents involving missing or stolen vehicles.

Soren Linus Anderson, 32, arrested Monday in the Springtown area, remained in the Parker County Jail Thursday on two charges of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and one charge of theft of property, more than $20,000, less than $100,000. Additional charges from other agencies were possible, according to an investigator with Weatherford-Parker County Special Crimes Unit.

Though Wise County authorities were initially unable to locate a stolen vehicle believed to be in the Poolville area with the help of a GPS unit, Parker County SCU and Tarrant County task force officers stopped Anderson Monday driving a truck that was reported stolen out of Round Rock on Sept. 21.

In late August, a detective with the Tarrant Regional Auto Crimes Task Force began investigating a white Ford F150 reported out of Bedford and several John Deere Gators reported stolen out of Wise County and identified Anderson as a suspect, according to court records.

During the investigation, the detective spoke with Anderson’s boss, who told the officer that Anderson took the employer’s truck to the Austin/Round Rock area to complete a job the week of Sept. 20. During the trip, Anderson called his boss to tell him the vehicle had been stolen. However, the employer later found out from police that the vehicle had been involved in a hit-and-run and had been impounded.

The next day, Anderson showed up at work driving a white. extended cab, Ford F450 truck that the employer had never seen and did not believe Anderson owned, according to the probable cause statement.

Anderson was later fired, according to court records, but the detective located Anderson staying at a Poolville residence.  

Monday, Anderson was stopped while driving the vehicle in the 2800 block of East Highway 199 near Springtown.

Anderson, who has a previous felony theft conviction and was released from jail in April, was found with a loaded .380-caliber handgun near the vehicle’s center console, according to a Weatherford-Parker County Special Crimes Unit investigator. He was arrested and charged.

During an interview the next day, Anderson told investigators that he allowed a friend to use his employer’s truck to go pick up narcotics while he was in the Austin area, according to a probable cause statement.

However, the friend was involved in an accident with a motorcycle and left the truck in the woods so Anderson told his boss the truck was stolen, Anderson reportedly told investigators.

After reportedly getting “high,” Anderson and his friends left Round Rock and returned to Fort Worth.

The detective wrote that Anderson told investigators that he got the stolen truck from a man, whose real name and contact information he did not know and who he described as looking just like him only having “bug eyes.”

The Round Rock business where the F450 was stolen also reported several vehicle burglaries in the company’s lot, according to court records.