Officers make quick work of burglary investigation

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Apr. 12, 2007 - Sheriff’s officers and state troopers arrested two men less than 24 hours after the pair allegedly stole $3,255 worth of tools and household items from a residence off of FM 2560.

Staff Photo by Faith Huffman

Sheriff Butch Adams (right) and Investigator Lewis Tatum (middle) with items, stolen from a house off of FM 2260. Also pictured is Deputy Dennis Findley.

The items were recovered, both men were charged with the burglary, and their vehicle was seized.

The residential burglary, believed to have occurred around 2 a.m. Wednesday, was reported to deputies around 9:30 a.m. The owner said quite a few wood-working tools, furniture, clothing, bedding and other household items were taken from the house, which is being remodeled.

Investigator Charles Humphries found part of the stolen property at a pawn shop. Officers were able to track the person who pawned the tools to one suspect’s residence, as well as his parents' home 

near Lake Cypress.

Sheriff's investigators Lewis Tatum and Jace Anglin, along with Special Crimes Unit Sgt. Tony Crouse, set up near the residence to await the return of the suspect, while authorities in the other county monitored the other residence. Other area officers were also put on alert to look out for the suspect.

State Troopers Brandon Stribling and Cory Hale spotted him in a Mercury Cougar traveling west on Interstate 30. The troopers stopped the vehicle at the 134 mile marker on I-30 west at 10:25 p.m.

The driver, a 25-year-old Rocky Branch woman, was arrested for driving while license suspended. The troopers took David Wayne Chance, 28, of Sulphur Springs into custody for questioning about the burglary. Shane Michael “Shawn” Cooper, 27, of Sulphur Springs was also detained. Some items thought to be those stolen were found in the Mercury Cougar they were driving.

Tatum and Anglin interviewed the men, who had both been implicated in connection with the the burglary. Both gave statements about the burglary and helped officers locate the rest of the stolen items.

Chance and Cooper were charged at 11:45 p.m. with second-degree felony burglary of a building. They remained in jail Thursday morning. The stolen items were recovered and the owner notified. Officers also seized the 1996 Mercury Cougar, and plan to work with the district attorney's office on forfeiture proceedings for the car.

In an unrelated case, sheriff's investigators arrested a man for a home and building burglary yesterday. Dakota Jarrett Hughes, 17, of Sulphur Springs at 2:21 p.m. reported to the sheriff's office to talk to investigators. During the interview he admitted to burglarizing a house and building near Yantis area and was jailed for burglary of a building and a habitation, according to arrest reports.

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