By CRISTIN REECE
A Palestine woman landed in jail after reportedly being seen entering a local restaurant’s window this week.
According to police reports, April Nicole DeFore, 38, of Palestine, was charged with burglary of a building on Wednesday after Palestine police received a report at about 9 p.m. that day, someone had been seen entering the building through a window.
“Police initially responded to the call when a concerned citizen saw someone entering the business through a window,” Palestine Police Department Public Information Officer Lt. James Muniz stated in a press release to the Palestine Herald Press. “This seemed odd to the person watching as they knew that the business was closed. This is a great example of what can happen when members of the community work with the police.”
Reports indicate when Palestine Police Cpl. Brian Lintner arrived, he found a window on the front of the building had been broken.
“Cpl. Lintner made his way to the back of the building and saw a female inside the building near the back door,” Lt. Muniz stated. “The female ran back into the building and out the front door. After a short foot chase Cpl. Lintner was able to take the subject into custody.”
The subject was identified as DeFore and was taken to the Anderson County Jail and charged with burglary of a building, a state jail felony carrying a sentence of up to two years.
Law enforcement officials said initial statements from the witness indicated DeFore may have had a male accomplice involved in the burglary.
Police continue to investigate this incident and are trying to locate the alleged accomplice.
Anyone with information concerning this or any other crime is asked to call the Palestine Police Department at 903-729-2254 or CRIME STOPPERS at 903-729-8477.