TILLATOBA – A faulty alternator and quick thinking by a Tillatoba Truck Stop employee helped authorities nab a dangerous fugitive wanted out of Texas and recover a stolen truck.
Yalobusha Sheriff Lance Humphreys reported Aubrey Floyd Hart, 55, was arrested Friday morning after the mechanic on duty at the truck stop became suspicious when Hart appeared anxious to sell the vehicle.Humphreys said the mechanic contacted a friend who then called authorities and provided the license tag number.
“We ran the tag and it came back stolen,” Humphreys explained. Hampered by icy roads, multiple deputies and Humphreys responded while the mechanic stalled Hart.
“We always appreciate the help from the public. Our tipster was able to convince Hart he had someone bringing him the money to purchase the truck,” Humphreys added. That quick thinking kept Hart from leaving or from becoming suspicious, allowing deputies to take him into custody without incident.
“There were warnings all over the NCIC (National Crime Information Center) when we ran his Social Security number,” Humphreys said. The warnings included a flight risk and violent tendencies. He was wanted out of Texas for parole violation and was a registered sex offender, according to the sheriff.
Hart had served 21 years of a 50-year sentence before he was paroled almost three years ago. Humphreys did not have information on why his parole had been revoked by Texas authorities. Hart was transported to the Yalobusha County Jail, where he signed extradition papers and is expected to be picked up by Texas authorities Monday. The stolen vehicle, a 2003 Chevrolet 4×4 was recovered and towed to an impound yard.