Cecil Eldon Martin, who while in custody Monday night on burglary charges escaped in a Delta County sheriff’s vehicle, had yet to be located Wednesday morning. Local authorities were asking for the public’s help in locating the 22-year-old Sulphur Springs man.
Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office and Sulphur Springs Police Department each received at least one reported sighting of Martin Tuesday — but had no luck catching him. Police said he was spotted near his old residence but fled in a gold or beige colored vehicle. The sheriff’s office sent deputies to League Street after someone reported seeing Martin near the League Street-Wildcat Way intersection in a maroon colored Dodge pickup around 10:30 a.m. When officials arrived on both occasions, the vehicles in question had left the area and Martin could be found no where in sight.
Martin faces five felony burglary charges in Hopkins County, as well as charges for more than 50 car burglaries in Sulphur Springs last month and charges in Franklin County, Delta County and the Dallas area.
He was recently in custody in Richardson, and was supposed to have a hold on him for Hopkins County authorities, but was released when bond was posted on several charges.
He was identified as the suspect in a burglary reported to sheriff’s deputies Monday night in Delta County. He was taken into custody and left in a running Delta County vehicle Monday night. Despite handcuffs, he managed to drive away in the car while the Delta County sheriff’s deputy was away from his car, DC sheriff’s office reported Tuesday.
A multiple county search was launched, but Martin had not been located as of late Wednesday morning.
Hopkins County Chief Investigator Lewis Tatum urges anyone with information about Martin’s whereabouts to contact their local law enforcement agency immediately, but cautions people not to approach Martin as he may be dangerous. Tips may also be phone in to Crime Stoppers at 903-885-2020.
Cecil Eldon Martin, 22, is described as a white male, weighing about 170 pounds, and stands 5 feet, 10 inches tall. He wears glasses and at least part of his name is tattooed on his forearms.
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