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September 7, 2012

Port Neches burglary suspect apprehended

PORT NECHES — A Groves man is behind bars for the second time in two weeks for burglary charges in Port Neches.

The suspect is thought to be responsible for a burglary spree that began in the wee hours of Thursday morning, included a foot chase by a homeowner and ended with the suspect reportedly leaving yet another home he had burglarized around noon.

Port Neches Police responded to a report of a homeowner chasing a burglary suspect from his home at about 1:10 a.m. Sept. 6 in the 400 block of Gist.

The homeowner was awakened by his dog’s low growl and discovered the male suspect in his living room. He chased the suspected burglar from the house but was unable to apprehend him, Port Neches Police Chief Paul Lemoine said.

After returning to his home the man discovered that the suspect had broken into the attached garage and loaded numerous tools into the trunk of his vehicle and was intending to steal the car and tools.

Officers responded to the area and recovered some evidence and eventually identified a possible suspect.

They were unsuccessful in locating the suspect throughout the night.

At about 9 a.m. Friday, a driver for the City of Port Neches sanitation was approached by a man on Patricia Lane asking to use a phone. The driver became suspicious of the suspect and called the police.

The description of the suspect matched the suspect from the earlier burglary and officers responded to the area and were initially unable to locate the suspect.

Approximately 2 1/2 hours later a public works employee and the assistant fire marshal spotted suspicious activity at a house in the 600 block of Drawhorn Street.

The assistant fire marshal stopped a vehicle leaving the scene and discovered the suspect. The suspect had reportedly broken into another residence to escape detection and had called a family member to pick him up. The suspect was arrested for burglary of a residence and transported to the Jefferson County Jail.

“The Port Neches Police Department would like to thank the Port Neches Public Works, Sanitation, Fire Department, Jefferson County Constables PCT 7 and the Port Arthur Police Department for assisting us in apprehending this criminal,” Lemoine said.

The 34-year-old male suspect, whose name is not being released pending arraignment, has a lengthy criminal history, Lemoine said.

Lemoine said the man was apprehended on Aug. 24 by Officer Danny Buchholz after the man allegedly stole a generator from Walgreens then burglarized a truck at nearby Market Basket in Port Neches. The suspect was arrested for burglary of a motor vehicle, evading arrest and possession of a controlled substance at that time.

He is currently charged with one count of burglary of a habitation and more charges are likely, Lemoine added.

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