Metal thefts lead to million dollars in damaged & lost property, Port Neches man’s arrest

Published 12:05 am Friday, November 19, 2021

A Mid County man has been linked to more than a million dollars in business damage and stolen material.

On Thursday evening, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Captain Crystal Holmes named the suspect as 38-year-old Nicholas Scott Romero.

The Port Neches resident is charged with felony criminal mischief.

“This investigation is ongoing, and additional charges could be filed on Romero as well as other suspects involved,” Holmes said.

The arrest follows a Criminal Investigation Division examination of extensive damage to various business properties amounting to more than $800,000 in damages to property and hundreds of thousands of dollars in stolen metal.

This investigation resulted in a warrant for Romero, who was arrested at his home in the 1200 block of Grigsby.

A search warrant executed at the home, Holmes said, led to the discovery of a “large amount of recently stolen copper electrical wire,” as well as “tools used during the thefts.”

Holmes said the Texas Department of Public Safety Regulatory Services Division and police departments from Port Neches, Nederland and Port Arthur contributed to the case.