JASPER COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A former Jasper Police Department officer was arrested in connection with a burglary of the Kirbyville PD's evidence room.
Samuel Paul Brister, 39, of Kirbyville, was arrested and charged with third-degree felony burglary of building-controlled substance present. His bond amount was set at $10,000. He has since been released after he posted bail on his bond amount.
"I can't tell you anything," said Chief Paul Brister with the Kirbyville Police Department when asked about the arrest. "It all has to go through the Texas Rangers."
Sgt. Stephanie Davis with the Texas Department of Public Safety said that she is not aware of an active Texas Rangers investigation in Jasper County.
According to the probable cause affidavit East Texas News obtained from Jasper County's Pct. 1 justice of the peace office Wednesday, Lt. Charles Willis, an investigator with the Jasper County Sheriff's Office was contacted by Sgt. Josh Hancock with the Kirbyville PD on May 5.
The Kirbyville PD sergeant said that he needed a third party to assist with a burglary of the KPD evidence room, the affidavit stated. When Willis spoke with Hancock, the Kirbyville PD sergeant said that Samuel Brister had broken into the evidence room.
When the JCSO lieutenant asked how Hancock knew, he said referred Willis to another KPD officer who had checked out on a traffic crash and was on scene for about an hour before he checked out of service for lunch.
Officer Richard Going said he forgot to check back into service after he returned to his vehicle, and he sat down in the KPD office to eat his lunch.
The vaguely worded probable cause affidavit did not give any further explanation connecting Samuel Brister to the burglary of the KPD evidence room.
Pct. Justice of the Peace Ronald Billingsley issued the arrest warrant for Samuel Brister. Texas Ranger Ryan Clendennen filed the complaint, which stated that Samuel Brister committed the offense of burglary of a building.
A story on the KJAS.com website stated that Samuel Brister worked as a patrol officer for the Jasper Police Department from June 2001 to December 2009.
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