HUNTINGTON, TX (KTRE) - A family heirloom is back in the hands of its owner after it was stolen from a home while the owner was out of town. Law enforcement tracked down the suspects and have already made one arrest with three more coming soon.
A Huntington woman is just now starting to feel a little more at ease in her home after it was allegedly burglarized by Joshua Begley. Angelina County Sheriff's investigators say he and several other suspects broke into Frances Tucker's home in early September.
"There were some weapons, some financial documents or checks, and some jewelry that was taken," said Captain Alton Lenderman with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office.
KTRE talked with Tucker on the phone Wednesday.
She said returned to her Huntington home after spending seven days at a Houston hospital with her sister who was in a serious car accident in Lufkin. She opened the door to find many of her possessions gone.
Tucker said what was even more devastating than learning that her home had been burglarized was when she found out what the burglars took. She says the suspects took the most sentimental item in her whole home. It was an antique, heirloom rifle that her dad gave her when she was nine years old.
"Nobody wants their stuff stolen, but this I think was a weapon that had been passed down from a father to the children, and it was very sentimental to them. They didn't think that they would get it back, so we're really happy that we were able to find it," Lenderman said. "It was a good job because they had to trace this gun through several different people and recover it for the family."
Investigators caught up to the Begley after Tucker checked her bank account and noticed several hundred dollars missing.
"After the burglary, some of these checks started being passed around town forged. Several thousand dollars worth of checks were passed," Lenderman said.
When investigators served a search warrant on Begley's home, they also found three grams of meth and other possible stolen items.
Tucker says she was very shaken up by the violation of her home, and she's thankful that law enforcement was able to identify the suspects responsible and put one of them in jail. Begley is being held on a $70,000 bond.
Three arrest warrants for the other suspects believed to have been involved in the burglary will be executed in the near future.
The Lufkin Police Department and the San Augustine County Sheriff's Office also assisted in the month-long investigation.