ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office arrested a 34-year-old Pollok man in connection to a string of home and vehicle burglaries that occurred between Nov. 11 and Nov. 25 on Wednesday.
As a result of search warrants executed in the case, ACSO detectives seized several guns, drugs, electronics, and tools.
"The ACSO detectives took the initiative to make sure this burglar was arrested and hopefully let others burglars know that we take these crimes seriously, and we will be proactive and make sure justice is served," said Angelina County Sheriff Greg Sanches.
James Derek Ryan is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a state-jail felony burglary charge and a Class A misdemeanor theft between $500 and $1,500 charge. Collectively, his bail has been set at $15,000.
According to Sanches, ACSO detectives started an investigation into a string of home and vehicle burglaries that occurred in the Pollok area. He said that several homes and vehicles were broken into, and the suspects stole guns, computers, TVs, money, and jewelry.
The crimes are believed to have been committed in a period between Nov. 11 and Nov. 25, Sanches said.
As the investigation progressed, detectives were able to track down one of the suspects who was in possession of a stolen cell phone by tracking the device's GPS data. Sanches said Ryan was tipped off, and tried to run to Arizona.
However, before Ryan could leave the area, deputies tracked him down at a Lufkin business and made the arrest early Thursday morning.
Sanches said after the arrest, his detectives were able to identify Ryan's accomplices in the string of burglaries. They sought and obtained a search warrant and served it at a residence in the 100 block of Homer Circle Drive, where a number of stolen items were recovered.
The residence was identified as a "hub for illicit activity," Sanches said. He added that crystal methamphetamine was among the drugs seized at the residence.
"Angelina County Detectives are working to identify the origin of each stolen item so the property can be returned to the rightful owners," Sanches said. "Detectives are also in the process of filing additional arrest warrants for the other parties involved in committing these crimes."