By MARY RAINWATER
Anderson County Sheriff Office deputies have arrested two suspects for burglaries in almost as many days, with Sheriff Greg Taylor reporting an upward trend in day time burglary cases.
The first arrest occurred at about 2:50 p.m. on Tuesday, when Deputy Lloyd Giles was dispatched to the 3200 block of U.S. 824 East regarding a suspicious vehicle at vacated home there.
“The house was no longer being used as a residence but as a storage building for the owners,” Taylor explained. “It contained mostly household items.”
When Giles arrived at the scene, he saw a while Cadillac in the driveway with the subject, 39-year-old Byron Queda Bagley, loading items from the building into the vehicle.
“He had taken mostly household items, including lamps, mirrors, a blender, a small television and some other items,” Taylor said. “Giles arrested the suspect and took him to jail.”
Bagley was charged with burglary of a building, with a bond of $7,500. He remained in the Anderson County Jail as of Thursday afternoon.
The second arrest occurred at about 6:55 a.m. Thursday, when deputies heard some traffic on the Palestine Police Department scanner regarding some suspicious activity.
“Deputies Russell Wesson and Mike Mitchell went to assist, heading to a residence on Florence Street, just off U.S. 79 West,” Taylor reported.
Upon arrival, deputies found the subject, 28-year-old William Edward Brown III, there at the scene with two 4-wheelers and the ignition for one of them in his hand.
“The deputies determined that the two 4-wheelers had been stolen earlier that morning from a residence on the 100 block of ACR 2204 in the Tucker area,” the sheriff said. “They had not even been reported stolen yet. The subject had broken into a storage building and taken them.”
After contacting the 4-wheeler owners, who stated that they did want to press charges, Brown was arrested and taken to the Anderson County Jail and charged with Burglary of a Building, with the bond amount still pending as of Thursday afternoon.
“We have had a big uptick in daytime burglaries recently,” Taylor said, “and we want to encourage people that if they see anything weird or suspicious to contact law enforcement.
“Even if you aren’t sure, call anyway. You never know.”
Those who have information about a burglary that has already occurred are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 903-729-(TIPS) 8477.
Mary Rainwater may be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.