Suspect charged in drainage district tractor theft

Arlington Wood | Photo: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

Arlington Wood Jr, 50, of Vidor, is accused of stealing a Jefferson County Drainage District vehicle worth tens of thousands of dollars, according to an indictment returned against the suspect on Oct. 18.

A probable cause affidavit filed in Wood’s case by Sgt. Robert Bailey stated that the officer was on patrol when he received word that a small Kubota tractor had been stolen sometime around 1:40 a.m. on Aug. 10.

“A caller had reportedly observed actors take a tractor from the Jefferson County Drainage District No. 6 worksite on Hwy 124 near Taylors Bayou,” Bailey reported. The suspects loaded the equipment, valued in excess of $30,000, on a lowboy brought by truck to the site of the theft. On his way to the site, Bailey spotted a truck pulling a lowboy with a small Kubota tractor on board.

“After stopping the suspect vehicle,” Bailey reports he, and the backup officers he called in to assist with the traffic stop, put three suspects in handcuffs while they ran a check to determine the Kubota’s rightful owner.

Drainage District No. 6 supervisor Jim Broussard provided a vehicle identification number that matched the Kubota in Wood’s possession and two of the three men – Wood and James Hoffpauir – were interviewed and arrested. A third man was released pending investigation.