ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - ?
The Angelina County Sheriff's Office said they have cleared up at least three home burglaries and recovered more than $6,000 in stolen property.
The East Texas News learned that the alleged burglary suspect used the environment of the Pineywoods to hide his loot.
Angelina County Sheriff's deputies believe John Thomas Gordon is responsible for a string of burglaries in the county.
Investigators say they have tied Gordon to three alleged home invasions on FM 2021, Bates Road ,and Phillips Road.
"Possibly some more burglaries that could be cleared up from this," said Captain Alton Lenderman with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office. "This is just the first three that we've cleared, but they're still doing some investigation and could be linked to some other burglaries. It's kind of the way it works, and hopefully, these cases will lead to some other. We at this very moment are working on another case that could possibly be linked to these."
Authorities received a tip, issued a warrant for Gordon's arrest and he was taken into custody by Lufkin Police Department.
Investigators said Gordon told them where they could find some of the stolen property.
"He took us to the area. A lot of the stuff was hidden in different areas out in the woods and we were able to recover a lot of the stuff out in the woods," Lenderman said.
There was about $6,000 worth of jewelry, guns, and even a safe stashed amongst the elements. Lenderman said it's always important to catch the person or persons responsible for these crimes, but it's just as vital to get the stolen items back.
"When it gets down to it, we want to put the suspects in jail, but to the homeowner or property owner, recovering the property is just as important, so even if we make an arrest, our priority then is to recover as much property as we can," Lenderman said.
Gordon remains in the Angelina County Jail Wednesday. His bond has not been set. Gordon is charged with second-degree felony burglary of a habitation charge and could face between two to 20 years behind bars if found guilty.