Angelina County sheriff: Neighborhood watch member helped deputies locate, arrest burglary suspects

Suspects' pickup was allegedly loaded with stolen tools, generator

Angelina County sheriff: Neighborhood watch member helped deputies locate, arrest burglary suspects
Pictured are Eric Foreman (left) and Jeremy Sanford. (Source: Angelina County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - After the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a possible burglary in progress at a home on Red Loving Road on Sunday, a deputy acted on a tip from a neighborhood watch member and made a traffic stop on their vehicle on U.S. Highway 69.

Further investigation resulted in the two men getting arrested for a variety of felony and misdemeanor charges, including burglary of a habitation.

Eric Don Foreman, 34, and Jeremy James Sanford, 38, both of Corrigan, are still being held in the Angelina County Jail.

Foreman was charged with second-degree felony burglary of a habitation, third-degree felony prohibited substance in a correctional facility - alcohol, drug, or tobacco, and third-degree felony possession of a controlled substance between 1 and 4 grams.

Sanford was charged with second-degree felony burglary of a habitation, third-degree felony unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, Class A misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance between 3 and 28 grams, Class B misdemeanor theft under $100 with a previous conviction, Class C misdemeanor failure to appear, and two counts of Class C misdemeanor no driver’s license.

Collectively, Foreman’s bond amount was set at $25,000, and Sanford’s collective bond was $39,959.19.

“Great job by the ACSO deputies!” stated a post on Sheriff Greg Sanches’ Facebook page.

According to the Facebook post, ACSO received a 911 call about a possible burglary in progress at a home on Red Loving Road at about 5 a.m. Sunday morning. The caller advised that a pickup was backed up to a house that was normally abandoned, and the truck wasn’t supposed to be there.

When the caller called the sheriff’s office again, he or she said that the pickup was pulling a trailer when it left the house on Red Loving Road.

ACSO deputies searched the area for the truck. Later, a member of the Fuller Springs Neighborhood Watch called the sheriff’s office and said that a vehicle matching the description given was seen turning north onto Highway 69 from GFM 326.

An ACO deputy spotted the vehicle and made a traffic stop on it. Foreman was driving, and Sanford was a passenger in the pickup.

“They were pulling a newer tandem trailer loaded with building materials, and the rear of the pickup was loaded with hand tools, power tools, and a generator,” the Facebook post stated. “It was later determined that the trailer was also stolen.”

The post stated both men were acting nervous, and it was “apparent that they were not in the construction business.”

Both of the men were known to the ACSO deputy who made the traffic stop, the Facebook post stated. Shortly after the traffic stop, deputies at the scene of the burglary and theft relayed information that supported the suspicions of the deputy who stopped Foreman and Sanford.

Further investigation revealed that Sanford had an outstanding warrant for theft, and he was arrested, the Facebook post stated. Later, Foreman allegedly admitted that they had both been at the home on Red Loving Road, and he was arrested as well.

After the two men were taken to the county jail, Foreman was found to be in possession of methamphetamine, the Facebook post stated.

The stolen property was recovered, and the owner was contacted.

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