NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Deputies from the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office cleared four open investigations into burglaries that occurred in the Appleby Sand Road area after they executed a search warrant at a residence on County Road 843 Friday.
As a result, two people were arrested and charged with burglary, and NCSO deputies seized several thousand dollars worth of stolen merchandise, including a washer and dryer stolen from a church, from the home.
Mykel Steven Whitehead, 22, of Douglass, and Laura Brittany Tatum, of Cushing, are still being held in the Nacogdoches County Jail. Whitehead was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a controlled substance between 1 and 4 grams, both third-degree felonies. Tatum was charged with possession of a controlled substance between 1 and 4 grams and burglary of a building. Burglary of a building is also a third-degree felony.
Collectively, Whitehead's bail was set at $30,000. Tatum's bail was set at $22,500.
According to a press release, investigators from the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office got a tip about a suspicious vehicle in the Douglass area. The occupants seemed to be "casing houses."
After the investigators tracked the vehicle to a residence on CR 843, they saw a man with a rifle flee the house and head toward the woods. Whitehead was caught a short time later, and he was allegedly found to be in possession of methamphetamine.
The press release stated that the investigators looked around the home's back yard and noticed recognized several items that had been stolen from a church on CR 218.
After investigators obtained a search warrant for the house and property, they recovered the washer and dryer, electronics, ATV equipment, guns, ammunition taken from several camp houses, and clothing, jewelry, and tools stolen from a residence on CR 218.
Although the additional charges haven't shown up on the Nacogdoches County Jail Web site, the press release stated that both Whitehead and Tatum will also be charged with three second-degree felony counts of burglary of a habitation.
Nacogdoches County Sheriff Jason Bridges said most of the property stolen in the burglaries has been recovered. He said two other suspects have been identified by NCSO investigators, and additional charges may be pending.