Anderson County authorities are seeking information about a Tuesday morning burglary on CR 142 during which the alleged offender fled the scene following the arrival of the homeowner.

Shortly before 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Joanna Dickey, who resides on CR 142, south of the Palestine city limits, said she returned home to discover a 1980s-model "white Mazda truck" with a blue decorative pinstripe parked in her driveway.

The truck had "Mazda" written in block, black letters on the tailgate, according to Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor.

"I kind of backed up, got my cell phone cranked and a guy came running out," Dickey told the Herald-Press Wednesday morning.

Dickey said the offender, who had his face covered with a jacket apparently taken from inside the residence, got in his vehicle and sped off.

"I chased him," stated Dickey, who said she worked in law enforcement for 11 years in Louisiana. "...I lost him. I don't know which way he went on (U.S.) 287."

The offender got away with a computer and had a television set positioned in the back yard, according to Dickey.

The woman said the offender apparently used a brick to knock out a window at the rear of the house and then cut through a screen to gain entry into her residence.

The offender has been described as a "heavyset male," but authorities are uncertain of the man's race.

Dickey also told the Herald-Press the offender was wearing "a long-sleeve white T-shirt."

Anderson County Crimestoppers is offering a reward up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the offender involved in Tuesday's burglary.

Persons with possible information about the burglary should contact (903) 729-TIPS (8477).


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