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Former Pilgrim's Pride worker indicted in $200K company theft case

From Staff Reports
Dec. 17, 2012 at 11 p.m.

<strong>UPDATE:</strong> The former Pilgrim's Pride employee accused of stealing equipment from the company has been indicted by a Titus County grand jury for theft of property valued at more than $200,000.

According to Titus County Police Chief Wayne Isbell, an initial warrant was issued for theft of under $200,000. The value was increased based on information from an investigation.

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A former employee of Pilgrim's Pride was held Monday in Titus County jail on $500,000 bond, charged with stealing mechanical and electronic equipment valued at $200,000 or more from the poultry plant in Mount Pleasant.

Mount Pleasant Police Chief Wayne Isbell said plant managers reported a series of thefts that led detectives to Rickey Alton Wright, a maintenance employee at the facility. About $40,000 worth of property that may have been sold by the suspect has been recovered, Isbell said.

So far, more than $225,000 worth of stolen property has been linked directly to Wright, according to the police chief. Evidence indicates the goods were being sold at far below their actual value.

"This is an ongoing criminal investigation with many leads still being followed up on," Isbell said. "Several companies are working with our agency helping us track where all the stolen items went. From the onset of this case, the deeper detectives look into the thefts the more evidence they find. The suspect has been stealing from the company for some time but has left us a good trail to follow."

Wright surrendered to police Dec. 11 on charges of theft of property valued between $100,000 and $200,000, a second-degree felony.



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