Angelina County burglar gets probation

Preston Pickard mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Preston Pickard mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An Angelina County man pleaded guilty to burglarizing an elderly woman's home in 2010, accepting a probation sentence.

Preston Chase Pickard, 17, also agreed Tuesday to serve 80 hours in community service, have no contact with the victim and pursue a high school diploma or GED.

The Angelina County Sheriff's Office arrested Pickard in December after an elderly woman reported she came home to find Pickard in her house.

The woman said she knew Pickard because he lived down the road from him. She said she asked him what he was doing in her house and he said he came in an unlocked door to use her restroom.

The woman said she told Pickard he was not supposed to be there and he was going to call the sheriff's office. Pickard said he was leaving and exited through the back door and ran into the woods, the woman said.

Angelina County Sheriff's deputies went to Pickard's residence and said they saw him standing in the front yard, wearing the clothes the woman described. The began to speak with him and thought he was on drugs, according to an affidavit.

They asked him to remove his hands from his pockets for safety reasons and when he did, a JCPenney credit card fell out of his pocket, according to the affidavit. One of the deputies grabbed the card and saw the woman's name on it. Deputies then arrested Pickard.

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