Campground owner Charles Stanley says he caught the three would-be propane thieves in the act. (Photo by Jim Peeler)
WEST (March 24, 2014) The owner of the Waco North KOA campground on Interstate 35 between Waco and West fired a shotgun at a 19-year-old man after catching the man and two women as they attempted to steal propane containers.
Park owner Charles Stanley said he was walking through the campground at around 3:30 p.m. Sunday when he spotted the man standing next to a motor home that had been at the KOA for some time.
Several propane bottles were on the ground and a woman was on her back beneath the motor home and appeared to be disconnecting a propane container, he said.
When he asked the man what they were doing, the man told him that they had just pulled in and were connecting propane to the camper, he said.
Stanley said he walked back to his home, called the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office, got his shotgun and then returned to the motor home, where he confronted the would-be thieves and ordered them to stay where they were until deputies arrived.
The woman beneath the camper complied, but the man ran and as he did he reached into his sweatshirt as if he was reaching for a gun, Stanley said.
Stanley said he fired at the teenager, who was struck in upper back and buttocks.
Deputies later found the teenager walking along Interstate 35.
He was taken to a Waco hospital for treatment of what were described as non-life threatening injuries.
Deputies arrested the woman whom Stanley caught beneath the trailer and a second woman whom a campground maintenance man found hiding behind a truck.
The man also had the keys to the motor home and may have been planning to steal it, Stanley said.
The names of the three suspects weren’t immediately available Monday afternoon.