Police track down suspect in July burglary

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - A Lufkin man wanted in connection to a July burglary was arrested after a foot chase on Wednesday, according to Lufkin Police.

The arrest report states police obtained a warrant for the arrest of Michael Jerome Teel, 22, following a burglary in the 1100 block of Sayers Street sometime between June 25 and July 4. Police collected evidence from the residence and fingerprints matched up with those of Teel, according to the report.

On Wednesday, a Department of Public Safety trooper told police that Teel was walking along the road near the intersection of Jones Street and Englewood Drive with a handgun in his pocket. Police arrived at the scene and say Teel ran from them for about one block, holding the gun under his jacket, before crossing through yards and scaling a fence and going into the back yard of a home located in the 400 block of Cunningham Drive, according to the report.

Through gaps in the boards of the fence, the officers said they could see Teel moving slowly around a storage shed in the yard. Concerned that Teel may have been trying to ambush the officers if they scaled the fence, the officers "took a position of cover" and ordered Teel to climb over the fence and to lay on the ground. Teel obeyed the command and was placed under arrest.

The officers did not find Teel's gun, but believed he had hidden it in the back yard of the house, and they found it beneath a storage shed, according to the report.

Upon arrest, the officers learned of the warrant for Teel's arrest.

He is suspected of breaking into the house on Sayers Street by damaging a window and removing from it jewelry, money and electronic items.

Teel was booked in the Angelina County Jail on misdemeanor charges of unlawful carrying of weapons and evading arrest and a felony charge of burglary.

Teel had already been sentenced to a 30-day jail sentence on Oct. 25 for a September burglary. However, jail records showed he had been released from the Angelina County Jail on the same day.

According to a previous report, a woman caught Teel, 22, trying to get into her residence in the 100 block of Westmoreland Street.

When officers arrived, they saw Teel nearby. When Teel saw them, he ran across Raguet Street and into a multi-resident building located at the intersection of North Raguet Street and Henderson Street, Smith said.

Several officers surrounded the building to make sure Teel did not escape, then went into the building and arrested Teel.

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