Thieves threaten future of Texas Equusearch

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by Drew Karedes / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on June 18, 2013 at 10:59 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 19 at 3:00 PM

HOUSTON -- The founder and director of Texas Equusearch is questioning the organization’s future after two big thefts in one week.

Tim Miller says he’s found himself at a painful crossroad as the hits keep coming.

On Tuesday afternoon, Equusearch members were eating lunch at a Golden Corral after a search in north Houston. When they came out of the restaurant near the Gulf Freeway and Fuqua, their van and trailer were gone.

“A lot of stuff, the van, the trailer, the 4-wheelers, the equipment inside the van. I’m speechless,” said Tim Miller.

Miller said the theft is a $40,000 dollar blow to the organization.

The thieves vanished without a trace and were not captured on surveillance.

“I don’t think these people realize anything at any moment except they want, they’re going to take,” explained Miller.

Earlier this week, Miller said someone within the organization was caught stealing.

Vernon Armentor was arrested in Dickinson on Monday. Miller says he looked at Armentor as part of his family.

“My daughter who was abducted and everything, he’s Laura’s boyfriend,” said Miller. “What a discredit and shame he gave to my daughter’s name.”

The loss of his daughter back in 1984 is what has fueled Miller’s crusade to bring the missing home. Now, her former boyfriend is facing felony charges, including credit and debit card abuse.

Miller said he charged at least $4,000 to the Equusearch account without permission.

“We are financially struggling so bad right now. Some of the hits we are taking, literally, I do not see Equusearch keeping their doors open. I don’t see it happening. I really don’t,” he added.

At this point, Miller says he doesn’t know how he could possibly make up for what has been lost.

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