SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Smith County Sheriff's deputies are searching for an East Texas man believed to be connected to a series of burglaries. Authorities issued warrants Tuesday morning for Kerfri Shurme, 23, for evading arrest and burglary. Authorities said he is also wanted for a prior drug charge and evading arrest.
According to Lt. Tony Dana, Shurme attempted to burglarize a woman's home Monday around 10:30 a.m. on FM 724. Dana said the woman spotted Shurme approaching her home and that's when she called authorities. Dana said Shurme overheard the woman talking to police, and immediately fled the scene in a gray Ford Taurus.
Dana said while deputies were searching for him, they passed Shurme on County Road 46 and began a pursuit. Shurme then turned into a driveway and abandoned the car, according to Dana.
After searching the vehicle, authorities found stolen property believed to be connected to an earlier burglary on County Road 414. Neighbors around the area tell KLTV they're concerned for their safety.
"People take pride in what they have ands it's a sad thing that people think that they can come into someone else's house and take that from them and like I said its a sad thing and I hope they are caught," said Christy Garcia, neighbor.
It was later determined the car belonged to Shurme's girlfriend. Authorities said she advised them she had let him borrow her vehicle.
Dana said at one point Monday afternoon, Shurme did contact authorities and said he would turn himself if, but that never happened.
Right now, authorities are searching for Shurme. If you have any information about Shurme's whereabouts, you are asked to immediately contact law enforcement.