Authorities: Livingston man admits to burglarizing house

Michael Eugene Carter
Michael Eugene Carter

POLK COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - POLK COUNTY TX, (Press release) - On May 3, 2010 the Polk County Sheriff's Office initiated an investigation into a burglary that was reported off of FM 350 North, approximately 4 miles west of Moscow, Texas.

According to Detective Christopher Lima during the commission of the crime several items were taken from inside the residence including firearms, jewelry, and a computer, all items totaling over $6,000.00.

Lima says the homeowner played a huge role in the investigation by having picture surveillance of his property available for investigators, a suspect was developed in the case and search for the suspect was immediately initiated. "The more time that goes by the less likely the Sheriff's Office is to recover the stolen property, we like to move quick when we have good information to go on", Lima said.

On May 4, 2010 Sgt. Christian Schanmier spotted a vehicle matching the description of the suspects vehicle traveling south on Highway 59 towards the Goodrich, Texas area.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Ramey Bass stopped the vehicle off of loop 393 in Goodrich were Lima traveled to the scene and positively identified the vehicle and driver, Michael Eugene Carter 39, of Livingston as the suspect and suspect vehicle.

Lima gained consent to search the vehicle and some of the stolen property was located inside. Carter was taken to jail for Failure to Identify fugitive from Justice for giving a false name and having an outstanding felony warrant for Child Support.

Once at the Sheriff's Office an interview of Carter was conducted at which time Carter admitted to burglarizing the residence and taking the property.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office has since recovered the items taken from the residence and returned the items to there rightful owner.

Lima says that more charges are expected in the case upon location of a female accomplice who assisted Carter in the burglary by driving Carter to and from the residence.