The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

May 14, 2013

Third suspect arrested in burglary investigation

By MARY RAINWATER
Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — A local woman remained in jail Monday after being arrested last week for her involvement in an ongoing burglary investigation by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

According to Sheriff Greg Taylor, 17-year-old Megan Gail Atwood, arrested Thursday at a residence on County Road 2301, is the third suspect to be charged in the case of a burglary of a building that occurred on March 27 in the 5000 block of Texas 19 North.

Also charged in the case were James Troy Yelverton, 38, and Rodney Olujide Toye, 36, who are already in ACSO custody for other charges, the sheriff reported.

During the March 27 burglary, being investigated by ACSO’s Ryan Tolliver and Lee Duran, complainants reported the theft of two ATVs, two 80-inch flat screen televisions and other high-end items with a total value of $60,000.

“The investigators got info on the case and followed several leads,” the sheriff said. “They were able to identify the three suspects, got warrants and made the arrests.”

The two stolen televisions have been recovered from another county, and the officers are still trying to recover more of the stolen property.

“It was just good police work,” Taylor said about the investigators’ work on the case. “They worked various tips and leads, beat the streets and talked to people. They did a good job.”

All three suspects in the case were charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, with bonds set at $100,000 each.

Taylor issued another reminder to property owners and residents to take precautions to prevent theft from vehicles and property, including properly securing residences, outbuildings and vehicles.

“And remember to record the serial numbers from electronics and other property,” he said. “That helps us in property recovery.”

Yelverton was arrested April 9 for an outstanding DWI warrant and was additionally charged with possession of a controlled substance PG1 less than 1 gram. He was given a $7,500 bond for that charge.

Toye was jailed for criminal nonsupport (not paying child support) on a bond of $24,000.

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