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12/12/06-Tyler

Tyler Burglary Spree Linked To One Man

So far, 40-year Herman David Liggins Jr. has only been charged with two counts of commercial burglary and one count of burglarizing a residence.

But the list of charges could grow.

"He was basically taking a rock and breaking a window out or door into the business," says Don Martin, Public Information Officer for Tyler Police.

Among the 25 burglaries police are linking him to S&S Auto Sales, Rose Donuts and Burger and Higganbotham Engines on West Erwin.

Time Auto Sales, City Small Animal and Glenwood Animal Clinic along Glenwood.

In fact, police say he tried to get into Flower Market the same day he bonded out of jail for another alleged burglary.

But it was at East Texas Fair offices where Liggins' luck would run out. Police say a witness spotted Liggins allegedly coming out of this office when the burglar alarm went off.

That witness was fairgrounds Maintenance Manager Ronnie Mott who followed Liggins by car and had 911 on the phone the whole time.

"I wanted the guy caught. I didn't want him to get out of sight before Tyler PD got him and that's what happened. So everything worked out fine." says Mott.

The glass door shattered in the burglary is now repaired. But before Liggins' arrest workers at the fairground office weren't completely at ease.

"I wondered if we were going to get a repeat offender when we really didn't have anything in here for him to takem;," says John Sykes, General Manager for East Texas Fair Offices.

Liggins is currently in Smith CouChristine Nelson reporting.nty jail, police say the best place to keep this alleged burglar from striking again.

Suprisingly, police believe Liggins only got away with small items and little cash. His bond is 250- thousand dollars.

Christine Nelson cnelson@kltv.com  

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