POSTED: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 2:31pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 2:31pm
Nacogdoches County (KETK) — Two East Texans are arrested Friday for several burglaries that have taken place in Nacogdoches County.
The Nacogdoches County Sheriff Office has executed a search warrant and seized several thousand dollars worth of stolen property.
Sheriff Jason Bridges stated that the Sheriff's Office has had an ongoing investigation into several burglaries that has occurred near Appleby Sand Road area.
On Friday afternoon investigators with the Sheriff's Office were given information of a suspicious vehicle that was seen in the Douglass area that appeared to be casing houses. Investigators found the vehicle on County Road 843.
Upon arrival, authorities spoke to witnesses and they say they saw a male exit the rear of the residence and run toward the woods with a rifle. The male was then shortly detained and found with possession of methamphetamines.
Deputies also found stolen property in the back of the home that was stolen from a church on County Road 218.
Investigators were able to issue a search warrant for the house. Inside the home and backyard was thousands of dollars worth of stolen property taken from four different ongoing burglary investigations.
Items recovered included a washer and dryer from a local church, electronics, ATV equipment, guns, ammunition taken from several camp houses and clothing, jewelry, and tools stolen from a home on County Road 218.
Laura Tatum, 24, was arrested at the scene for possession of a controlled substance and burglary of a building.
Authorities also arrested Mykel Whitehead, 22, for unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance.
Additional charges were filed today against both suspects. Both Tatum and Whitehead were both charged with three counts of burglary of a habitation and one count of burglary of a building.
Both were booked into Nacogdoches County Jail.
Sheriff Bridges has stated that the majority of the property has been recovered in the burglary cases and have been returned to their rightful owners.
Bridges also stated that additional charges may be filed against two more suspects in this case that have been identified by Sheriff Office investigators.