Waxahachie Police investigators are looking for a second suspect involved in the theft of material from a residence under construction.
Officers were dispatched at 12:12 a.m. Wednesday to the 200 block of Bay Street after receiving a call from a concerned homeowner.
Waxahachie Police Lt. Todd Woodruff stated the caller told dispatchers they could hear lumber being moved around by a nearby home still under construction.
When officers arrived on the scene, they found a red pickup truck backed up to a house with a significant amount of plywood loaded up in the bed. Two people then ran when officers approached.
“We were able to get assistance from the Texas DPS helicopter. They checked the area for a while with no luck. Our canine was able to track one of the men and our officers and ECSO deputies eventually arrested him beside a house in the 100 block of Pinto,” Woodruff said. “When the officers got close, they report that he announced himself and gave up. We found a dollar bill with some suspected cocaine wrapped in it on the ground near where he’d been hiding.”
Dallas resident Manuel Zavala-Lopez, 28, was taken into custody and booked into the Wayne McCollum Detention Center at 3:48 a.m. Wednesday. Police were unable to locate the second suspect. The case has been turned over to detectives who are working to identify the second suspect through their investigation.
The detention center website shows Zavala-Lopez was charged with possession of a controlled substance less than one gram, evading arrest and detention, and display of fictitious license plate. He also faces a charge of failure to maintain financial responsibility, a charge of use of wireless communication in a school zone, and two charges of driving without a driver’s license from the Dallas Police Department.
Zavala-Lopez remains in custody at the detention center with bonds totaling $3,500.
Woodruff noted that detectives will reach out to the homebuilder to get a total value on the plywood. Additional theft charges may be filed as the investigation progresses.
Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact Woodruff with the Waxahachie Police Department at 469-309-4400. If you have information, but would like to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers of Ellis County at 972-937-7297.