Lufkin man who received shock probation for burglary back in jail

Johnathan Clopp (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Johnathan Clopp (Source: Angelina County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Police officers on Friday arrested a 25-year-old man who has been in and out of jail for various charges, including theft, burglary of a habitation, and criminal trespass, for again violating the conditions of his probation.

Johnathan Christopher Clopp, of Lufkin, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a warrant to revoke probation for burglary of habitation. He also has five misdemeanor charges - no motorcycle operator's license, criminal trespass, displaying the wrong license plates, a motor vehicle inspection violation, and no vehicle insurance. Although no bond has been set for the revocation charge, the collective bail on the other charges was set at $3,500.

"The District Attorney's Office will either offer him a plea bargain, or it will go to a revocation hearing," said Dustin Fore, a supervisor with Angelina County's Adult Probation Department. "He can receive additional terms to his probation, or he can be sent to prison."

Fore said a Lufkin Police officer filed a violation report with the District Attorney's Office because Clopp was arrested on two new theft charges - one on March 30 and one on April 18. In addition, he said Clopp associated with people with criminal histories, failed to report, failed to keep a job, changed his address without permission, failed to pay court fees/fines, and failed to report to support group meetings.

Clopp was arrested shortly after a warrant was obtained.

In September 2011, Clopp was sentenced to 10 years in prison. However, he was granted shock probation in March 2012. Shock probation is a method used by putting convicts in prison and letting them out to probation in hopes that prison "shocks" them into steering right.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Angelina County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the 900 block of Kirkland Road on March 3, 2011, after the resident there said someone broke into the home by breaking a window on a locked door in the garage. She said numerous pieces of jewelry and a sterling silver set of place settings and servers were stolen.

On March 14, the complainant's daughter was arrested on an unrelated charge and provided a written statement, saying Clopp met the daughter at her residence and asked her if "she would be mad," according to the affidavit. The daughter asked why, and Clopp showed her the set of settings and servers, the affidavit states.

The daughter told investigators she recognized the set as her parents' and told Clopp she was not mad at him because she was mad at her parents and would go with him to sell the settings and servers to a local business, according to the affidavit.

Clopp told her he had already sold the jewelry, and they went to the business and sold the set for $400, according to the affidavit.

Clopp was arrested in April after violating terms of his probation.

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