While on patrol in Mineola, Constable Smith observed a vehicle at a residence, where he was doing a routine house watch, with property laying in the ditch that was being loaded from the residence into the vehicle. He knew that no one was supposed to be home from a requested house watch. The Constable detained a female suspect from Lindale and contacted additional officers and deputies to assist with a perimeter in order to locate the other suspect burglarizing the residence that had fled. Officers from Hawkins PD, Mineola PD, DPS and the Wood County Sheriff’s Office responded.
Constable Smith, K9 Mata and a Sheriff’s deputy started the track and apprehended a male suspect from Lindale hiding over 100 yards deep in the woods behind the residence. The suspects were booked into the Wood County jail for two second degree felony charges of burglary of a habitation.