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East Texas homeowner catches burglars in act

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Michael Heath Emmons (Source: Cherokee County Sheriff's Office) Michael Heath Emmons (Source: Cherokee County Sheriff's Office)
Ricky Lee Schakosky (Source: Cherokee County Sheriff's Office) Ricky Lee Schakosky (Source: Cherokee County Sheriff's Office)
CHEROKEE COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

Two East Texas men were taken into custody after they were caught robbing engine parts from a Cherokee County man's garage.

According to the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, 25-year-old Michael Heath Emmons, of Henderson, and 28-year-old Lee Schakosky, of Nacogdoches, were booked into the Cherokee County Jail on charges of burglary of a building.

On Wednesday at 2:15 p.m., officers received a call from a property owner who was following Emmons and Schakosky on Hwy-21 between Alto and Nacogdoches. The suspects pulled over, exited their truck, and approached the complainant's vehicle, telling the complainant they would return the parts if he did not contact law enforcement. When the complainant told the suspects he had already called, the suspects ran into the woods, leaving their vehicle and stolen property behind.

Alto police were the first on scene, with deputies and investigators setting up a search perimeter to find Emmons and Schakosky.

Cherokee police say one of the suspects stepped out of the wood line to flag down a passing vehicle after 15 minutes into the search. The vehicle was one of the unmarked investigator's vehicles. The investigator pulled over, and when he exited his vehicle, the suspect turned to flee, but instead gave up and was placed into custody without incident. The second suspect was located within 20 minutes and was also taken into custody without incident.

Bonds were set at $4000 for each suspect. Other charges may be filed pending the outcome of the investigation.

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