Two Sergeants Stop Burglary in Hardin

HARDIN, March 15, 2013 - On the afternoon of Wednesday, March 13, 2013, two Liberty County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) Sergeants were on their respective ways home, and both heading in opposite directions, when they saw something suspicious. Their quick thinking netted a suspect in the process of burglarizing a building.

At approximately 5:30 p.m., Patrol Sergeant Tommy Koen was driving home, southbound on SH 146, after attending a class all day in Cleveland. Sergeant Investigator Kenny Dagle was headed north on SH 146 heading to his home. At an abandoned house just south of C.R. 2066, Sgt. Koen noticed dark Toyota Corolla backed up to a garage. Koen knew the house was in disrepair and had been vacant for some time. At that moment, he also saw Sgt. Dagle heading north on SH 146. As Koen called Dagle on the radio to turn around and come back, Dagle just happened to look over and see the same Toyota Corolla at the old house that he also knew to be vacant.

Both sergeants approached the house and found a man in the process of taking property from the home. They detained him until they could get in touch with the person responsible for the property. The person in control of the property subsequently told them that no one had consent to be there or to remove property. The sergeants arrested the man for burglary of a building. A further check of the suspect showed he had three outstanding traffic warrants. Then, during a search of the suspect and his vehicle incident to arrest, Sergeants Koen and Dagle found what appeared to be Valium and Hydrocodone, but the suspect did not have a valid prescription to be in possession of the drugs. After processing the crime scene, the suspect was transported to the Liberty County Jail without incident.

At the jail, Christopher Michael McCall, 27, was booked-in for Burglary of a Building, and two charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance.

The three outstanding traffic warrants were also served. Thursday morning, Justice of the Peace Pct. 1 Stephen Hebert set bond for McCall at $10,000 for the Burglary, $5,000 each for the two Possession offenses, and $500 each for the three traffic warrants. As of Thursday evening, McCall still remained in the Liberty County Jail.

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