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Sheriff: ETX man burglarizes home while child waits in the car

Joe Moore. Photo Source: Titus County Sheriff's Office. Joe Moore. Photo Source: Titus County Sheriff's Office.

Released by the Titus County Sheriff's Department:

TITUS COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - On Wednesday, the 28th day of March 2012 at approximately 4:00 P.M. the Titus County Sheriff's Office received a call from a home owner that when they arrived home they noticed a suspicious vehicle parked at their residence on County Road 3420.

Sergeant Marcus Carlock was dispatched to the location and arrived shortly after the call was received.  Sergeant Carlock immediately observed the suspicious vehicle the complainant reported and observed it to be in the home owner's driveway with the engine still running. 

Sergeant Carlock then heard what he believed to be a door close from the carport area of the house at which time he observed Joe Lynn Moore exiting the residence. 

Sergeant Carlock placed Joe Lynn Moore under arrest and placed him in the Titus County Patrol Unit. 

Sergeant Carolock then noticed that the suspicious vehicle used by Joe Lynn Moore had a small child sleeping in the back seat.  It was obvious to Sergeant Carolock that Joe Lynn Moore left his child in the back seat of the vehicle while he burglarized the residence. 

Sergeant Carlock also found property in the vehicle and on Joe Lynn Moore's person belonging to the home owner. 

Officials identified the child as Moore's five-year-old cousin.

Joe Lynn Moore, Age 25, from Mount Pleasant, Texas was arrested and transported to the Titus County Jail for the following charges:

1. Burglary of a Habitation – 2nd Degree Felony – punishable by imprisonment in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for any term of not more than 20 years or less than 2 years and / or a fine not to exceed $10,000.

2. Abandoning or Endangering a Child – State Jail Felony – punishable by confinement in a state jail for any term of not more than 2 years or less than 180 day and / or a fine not to exceed $10,000.

The Titus County Sheriff's Office would like to say that the home owner in this case did exactly what they needed to do by calling the Sheriff's Office and letting us handle the situation.  This not only keeps the home owner out of harm's way, but also allows the Sheriff's Office to make a better case by directly observing and catching the suspects in the criminal act.  We would also like to show our appreciation to the men and women that work for us at the Sheriff's Office and that have to go to unknown and possibly dangerous situations on a daily basis.  Their determination and care for the community allows them to do the good job such as in this case.

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