Camera and cell phone help nab suspect for theft from Boy Scouts


Jacob Wallace, 23, is charged with theft for allegedly pumping his truck full of Camp Strake's gasoline for months. Rangers estimate he stole $1,500 worth.

Texas Parks and Wildlife game warden Brannon Meinkowsky helped to catch Wallace with a simple camera connected to his cell phone.

"When it takes photos, it will either send or email them to an individual. And in this case, it was me," he said. "Real time photos."

The warden's phone blew up with texts one night.

"I received a photo every minute," Meinkowsky explained. "This individual pulled up to the pumps -- basically photos depicted this individual taking the gas nozzle and filling his truck up with gas."

The pictures allowed the warden to get a description of the suspect and his vehicle, which he turned over to Conroe police, who arrested Wallace.

"Even though someone's not out there watching them, that doesn't mean they won't be caught," Meinkowsky cautioned.

A spokesperson for the Boy Scouts told me they won't comment on this incident because they want to move past it. But we did find out the same surveillance cameras allegedly captured Wallace stealing equipment, including small boats, from the Boy Scouts camp site. Police say he posted ads for the stolen equipment on Craigslist, but later deleted those ads. So in addition to theft, police charged Wallace with tampering with evidence.

Wallace has bonded out of jail and is due in court next month.

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