SABINE COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - After a traffic stop resulted in an arrest on unrelated charges, investigators with the Sabine County Sheriff's Office arrested three suspects in a string of 10 home burglaries that occurred in the county between Sept. 10 and Sept. 26.
The three suspects include Sean Butler, Anna Ciere, and James Hollis Rhodes, according to a SCSO press release. A total of 18 felony charges have been filed in the case, and more than $30,000 worth of property has been returned to its rightful owners.
"My gun was taken in an act of criminal offense however, I felt worse for my friend because they had lost items that just can't be replaced," Josh Neal, Victim said.
Sabine County Sheriff Tom Maddox said that the burglary spree started with one burglary and kept growing in numbers over the course of the past two or three weeks. He said the burglaries included numerous homes and at least one church in the northwestern part of the county.
Some of the stolen property included three all-terrain vehicles, five guns, and a large amount of jewelry, other small property, and illegal drugs, the press release stated. Maddox said $15,000 to $20,000 worth of jewelry was stolen in the home burglaries, and some of it was melted down.
Cierre was arrested on unrelated charges during a traffic stop, Maddox said.
When the Sabine County Sheriff's Office investigators executed a search warrant at one location, they found three rifles and two shotguns that had been stolen. In addition, one vehicle has been seized as a result of the investigation as well.
The case is still under investigation.
"Of course there are some people of interest and we continue to look at those," Maddox said.
Maddox said that he wanted to commend his deputies for all the hard work and long hours they put into solving the burglaries.
Neal said he's thankful to be in a city where police are cracking down on crime.
"I'm very proud of our sheriff's department," Neal said. "It's very comforting to know that we have a law enforcement division out here and our sheriff's department that acted so timely."