The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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September 18, 2011

ACSO seeking 2 suspects in theft, 1 in custody

PALESTINE — Anderson County authorities have a suspect in custody and are seeking two more persons in connection with the recent theft of multiple items from a local business.

Brennon Lee Jones, 28, of Palestine was arrested Thursday at a residence off of CR 463 in northern Anderson County on charges of engaging in organized criminal activity-theft between $1,500 and $20,000 and burglary of a habitation, according to Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor.

As of late Friday afternoon, Jones remained in the Anderson County Jail on the charges in lieu of bonds totaling $70,000 set by Anderson County Justice of the Peace James Todd, according to records.

As of late Saturday afternoon, authorities had warrants seeking the arrests of Garen Friedman, 42, and Leann Yarbrough, 34, both of Palestine, on the charge of engaging in organized activity-theft between $1,500 and $20,000, according to the sheriff.

"We believe they're together," Taylor said.

Anyone providing information leading to the arrest of either or both suspects will be eligible to receive a reward of up to $1,000 from Anderson County Crimestoppers.

Crimestoppers can be contacted by calling (903) 729-TIPS (8477).

Around 3 p.m. Monday, the sheriff said officers responded to the 600 block of U.S. 287, north of Palestine, in reference to a theft there.

Among the items reportedly stolen were two Hitachi nail guns valued at a total of $1,000; copper wiring valued at $1,000; a 14-foot flatbed trailer valued at $800; a Bostitch gun valued at $350; a Coleman air compressor valued at $299; a Makita sawzall valued at $250; Werner fiberglass valued at $150; a Milwaukee electric drill valued at $150; and an aluminum ladder valued at $100.

Taylor said Jones, Friedman and Yarbrough were allegedly working for the complainant at the time of the theft of property.

"Most of this property has been recovered with the exception of the fiberglass and copper," Taylor said. "Some of it was recovered at a pawn shop and some at other locations. Through investigation, we were able to identify the arrested person and the two other suspects."

Authorities have also charged Jones in connection with the Aug. 31 burglary of a habitation at a location in the 2000 block of FM 19 in the Frankston area.

Items reportedly stolen during last month's offense included a 1996 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup valued at $7,500; tools; and other items.

"We believe these persons have been involved in several other burglaries and thefts," Taylor noted.


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