A 30-year-old Winnsboro man was being booked into Hopkins County jail shortly before noon Saturday in connection with a handful of car burglaries reported overnight in Pickton and for firing a gun at employees of a Pickton garage Saturday morning.
The incident was resolved without injuries, but the man who fired the weapon was found during a pat down to have two debit cards reported stolen in car burglary reports lodged overnight in the area of County Road 2310, Hopkins County Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Lewis Tatum said around lunch time Saturday.
Tatum, HCSO Lt. G.K. McLarry, and deputies Todd Evans and Michael Russell, along with Sulphur Springs Police Sgt. Mitch Griggs, responded midmorning to a call of a subject in Tony’s Body Shop on State Highway 11 east at FM 1870, firing a gun at employees.
The suspect, identified as Christopher Maurice Kaplan, was digging around in a green Jeep in the shop driveway when officers arrived. Kaplan fit the description of the suspect reported for car burglaries, and so did the Jeep, according to arrest reports.
He was patted down, found in possession of the debit cards from two early morning car burglaries, and other items linked to at least three car burglaries were visible in the Jeep, Tatum noted.
Kaplan was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for firing the gun at the two men, possession of identifying information from the burglaries, as well as on expired driver’s license and speeding charges, arrest reports note.
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