An investigation into several burglaries in the Woden and Melrose communities has led deputies with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office to three arrests and a seizure of drugs, several thousand dollars worth of tools, counterfeit cash and fake Social Security cards.
According to a press release from Sheriff Jason Bridges, deputies collected key components of evidence, including shoeprint and DNA. But the big break in the case came last week, when a witness reported seeing a suspicious vehicle leave a home in the Kingtown community on Thursday. Deputies stopped the vehicle on the Nacogdoches loop and identified a suspect, linking her to three burglaries on County Road 411, County Road 302 and County Road 556.
Deputies got the suspect, Cathryn Windham, 34, to confess to those and four more burglaries, according to Bridges.
Deputies got consent to search Windham's home and reported finding marijuana and prescription medication which did not belong to her. They also were able to identify two more suspects in the case -- Brian Hartman, 34, and Coulter Luce, 32.
On May 16, around 2 a.m., deputies executed a search warrant at a home on Wells Street and reported finding counterfeit money and counterfeiting equipment. They also reported finding fake Social Security cards and fake identification cards.
They also seized several thousand dollars worth of tools, believed to be stolen from a Nacogdoches store.
Bridges said it appears the motive behind the burglaries appears to be to steal prescription medicine.
Windham is charged with six counts of second-degree burglary, five counts of possession of a dangerous drug and one count of possession of marijuana. Hartman and Luce are charged with third-degree forgery and Class A possession of marijuana.
Bridges said more charges will likely be filed when DNA results come back.
Monday, July 21 2014 11:41 AM EDT2014-07-21 15:41:34 GMT
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