LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A 53-year-old Hardin man accepted a plea bargain of 4 years in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison by pleading guilty to felony charges of burglary of a habitation and burglary of a building Friday morning.
Curtis Gabehart appeared in Judge Gerald Goodwin's court for the "rocket docket" Friday morning. Now that Gabehart has accepted plea deals in Angelina County, he now has to answer for a number of Houston County charges.
Gabehart accepted a 4-year prison term for the burglary of a habitation charge and a 3-year term for the burglary of a building charge. He will serve the two terms concurrently, or at the same time.
Gabehart was arrested in June after Angelina County Sheriff's Office deputies acted on a tip and followed the man and found dozens of the sort of items one would find in a garage or storage building. Once he was in custody, he admitted to burglarizing 20 homes in the Diboll and Beulah area.
"We caught one of our burglars that has at least admitted to over twenty burglaries," Angelina County Sheriff Greg Sanches said in a previous Eat Texas news story. "In fact, when we did, he had a car full, truck full of stolen property."
Sanches said that a private citizen called one of his investigators and gave a possible location of the burglary suspect, and an hour or two later, the woman said her co-worker was following the suspect's vehicle.
The ACSO investigator was able to locate the suspect by staying on the phone with the private citizen that was following Gabehart. Gabehart was arrested at the scene at approximately 11:55 a.m. Thursday, and transported to the Angelina County Jail.
In addition, a resident of one of the homes Gabehart burglarized set up a game camera on his property, and it took four pictures of Gabehart and his vehicle, a late 1990s-model Ford Explorer.
Houston County Sheriff's Office investigators were also able to pin 10 burglaries on Gabehart. According to a press release, Gabehart's arrest also allowed authorities to clear a number of cases in Nacogdoches, Cherokee, and Trinity counties.