Superthief

Joshua Paul Calhoun likes to take things...BIG things

During his senior year at Brownsboro High School, Calhoun got married — for the first time — a few weeks after his 18th birthday, but the union didn't last long. During an argument one evening in February of 1999, about five months into the marriage, Calhoun tried to strangle his wife. He was arrested by the sheriff, pled guilty, spent a couple days in the county jail and had to pay a $100 fine and make a $50 donation to the East Texas Crisis Center. Calhoun was divorced and married again by the end of the year.

Calhoun's first arrest for theft came a little later. On June 29, 2000, a few weeks before his 20th birthday, Calhoun stole a backhoe, according to court documents. Sixteen days later, he stole a $5,000 trailer that belonged to Wayne Toliver, a defense attorney from Gilmer, Texas, who has since surrendered his law license amid allegations of stealing money from a client.

"I guess he needed a trailer for the backhoe," Toliver says. "I'm sure he just hitched it to his truck and took off." Calhoun registered the trailer in Brownsboro and sold it to someone in Tyler for $500, according to Toliver, who eventually got back his trailer.

The arrest of a rural plane thief made headlines at newspapers across the state.
Jaime R. Carrero / Tyler Morning Telegraph
The arrest of a rural plane thief made headlines at newspapers across the state.
Calhoun has been arrested about a dozen times...
Courtesy of Henderson County Sheriff's Department
Calhoun has been arrested about a dozen times...

Calhoun was arrested for both thefts on September 18 of that year, pled guilty to two felony thefts and received four years of "community supervision" and a $500 fine. The arrests caused only a minor pause in his activities.

In August of 2003, Calhoun was locked up in the Upshur County jail for a probation violation, and he let a woman "take care of his Dodge Ram 350." The woman, who later told police she was Calhoun's girlfriend, slammed into the back of a Volkswagen a little after 1 o'clock in the morning in Athens, sending the other driver to the emergency room, according to a police report. When Athens police officers ran the truck's license plate, it came back registered to Calhoun.

The truck's vehicle identification number had been pried off the dashboard, though, and the sticker information had been removed. Investigators found a registration renewal receipt shoved under the seat that showed the owner to be Steele Feed & Seed in nearby Troup, Texas. The truck didn't show up as stolen, but according to an investigative report, the Troup Police Department verified that the truck had in fact been boosted, and had dropped out of the system after its registration expired.

The Henderson County District Attorney has no record of the case even reaching his office, and no charges were ever filed against Calhoun.
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When he wasn't stealing, Calhoun also liked to get drunk.

He was arrested for driving while intoxicated for the first time in March of 2006 — after he'd married his third wife — and Calhoun spent a weekend in the Henderson County jail. He got out and headed to Frankston, about 20 miles east of Athens, and got his truck out of impound, but somewhere on his trip home, Calhoun got drunk again and crashed his black Dodge truck, wrapping it around a light pole across the street from the Walmart in Athens. Wearing jeans and a blue shirt, Calhoun ran to the Walmart parking lot and, according to the police report, encountered a man who told police Calhoun had blood pouring from his face and told him, "I got to get out of here."

While the officer was still taking that report, the police department received a complaint about a man wearing jeans and a blue shirt at the intersection of a state highway and the Loop — about three miles from the Walmart — trying to wave down cars. Police looked for him in the area, but couldn't find Calhoun. After speaking with Calhoun's grandfather, the police stopped the search.

At about 3 o'clock the following morning, the police department got a phone call from the East Texas Medical Center emergency room, from, surprisingly, Calhoun. An officer went to the hospital to talk to him, and Calhoun said he'd been sitting in his truck in the parking lot of the Athens VFW when a white Chevy truck driven by two Mexican men pulled up next to him. One of the Mexicans asked him a question, Calhoun told police, and the other man got out of the truck, stuck a revolver in Calhoun's face and forced him into the Chevy.

His story continued, "Calhoun then stated that he was driven to a county road in Baxter, Texas, where he was hit in the head by a revolver, knocking him unconscious," the police report says. "Joshua advised that after he had awaken several hours later he found that his vehicle and wallet was missing. Calhoun then stated that he walked a couple hundred yards down the road and found unknown persons working to remodel a house, which then gave him a ride to the East Texas Medical Center Emergency Room."

The officer turned off his tape recorder and arrested Calhoun.

"Calhoun stated that he had been having some family problems at the time," the police report says, "and went to the VFW to have some drinks and did not know the cause or the reason why he had wrecked out."

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10 comments
amused
amused

This guy could beĀ  cast as a repeat character on COPS or The World's Wildest Police Videos/Chases...

timm1955
timm1955

can anyone actually look at this guys picture and not be convinced that there is something wrong with him? he is a poster boy for mental health reform. i'll say one thing in his defense, aside from the border agent's minor injuries, he didn't hurt anyone, unlike these punkass thugs that walk around with a gun shooting at anything for any reason

Masa20
Masa20

The world is full of jokers like this and every town has one?Seriously?How many people do you two know that have stolen light aircraft?I certainly wonder where you live lol

Doyle Hargrave
Doyle Hargrave

FREE CALHOUN!!!!

Every town has one? I dare you to find another. He is a modern day Butch Cassidy any y'all are just jealous due to your mundane life.

Good article my friend,

Doyle

DrJimmy
DrJimmy

Brownsboro is East Henderson County, not North.

parth
parth

it sounuds like a film story,but it is very true.not in a town but in every lane one is there.------------------------------------------------------------------

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Biffula
Biffula

There must have been absolutely nothing else for the author to write about. The world is full of jokers like this. Does the clown Calhoun merit a story? Really?

Flash
Flash

Every town has one.

 
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