The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

Local News

January 12, 2013

Burglary of local business foiled by owner

PALESTINE — Two Palestine residents remained in jail Friday after being caught by county law enforcement officers fleeing the scene of a burglary at a local storage facility.

According to Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor, officers received a call at about 8:57 a.m. on Thursday that two suspects in a white pickup truck had left the scene of Store More Storage, located on the 3200 block of N. Jackson St., after attempting to take items from a storage unit.

“The two had apparently arrived earlier and cut the locks on the owner’s main unit, which stored his lawnmower and other items needed for maintenance at the site,” the sheriff said. “They apparently determined that they would need a trailer to haul the items and left the site to get one.”

In the meantime, the facility owner arrived and, finding that the lock had been cut, placed a new lock on a different side of the door.

“When the suspect returned with a trailer, they were trying to get the door open and were startled by the owner,” Taylor said. “Deputies Mike Mitchell and Ginger Lively, Chief Troy Black and Precinct 2 Constable Doug Lightfoot responded to the call and stopped the suspects at the corner of Loop 256 and North Jackson Street.

“There were no stolen items in the vehicle, only a pair of bolt cutters used to cut the locks,” he added.

Both suspects, Julian Pierce Williams, 30, and Jodie Elizabeth Whisenant, 26, were arrested for burglary of a building, with a bond of $150,000 each set by Justice of the Peace Carl Davis.

Williams was also charged with failure to identify, $25,000 bond; prohibitive substance in a correctional facility, $25,000 bond; and failure to appear (for a previous drug charge), no bond.

The sheriff reported that the pair were both being investigated for their possible involvement in other burglaries.

“Unfortunately, when they have done one (burglary), they have probably done more,” Taylor said. “Thanks to the quick action of the property owner, we were able to catch these suspects

“It is always good to get burglars off the streets.”

Mary Rainwater may be reached via e-mail at mrainwater@palestineherald.com

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