Two men were arrested on Dec. 22 for burglaries that had recently occurred in Lamar County.
“On Tuesday night, Lamar County Precinct 3 Constable noticed a suspicious vehicle sitting abandoned in the 5400 block of FM 79 in an area of recent burglaries,” Sheriff Scott Cass said in a press release. “Lamar County Sheriff’s deputies arrived to assist and started checking nearby properties and shop buildings.”
According to reports, while checking one of the buildings, a deputy heard noises coming from behind it and investigated.
“The deputy located a male in the woods with a flashlight and detained him. Sounds of another person in the woods could be heard, but deputies were unable to locate anyone.”
The property owner arrived and stated the male did not have permission to be there. Deputies located property on the male the owner identified as his.
35-year-old Joshua Adam Westbrook was placed under arrest for Burglary of a Building and transported to the Lamar County Jail.
Cass said a short time later, Lamar County deputies located 33-year-old Jason Seth Westbrook walking a few miles away from the burglary and placed him under arrest for an unrelated misdemeanor. After transporting him to the county jail, Westbrook admitted to burglarizing the building with his cousin and fleeing the scene once deputies arrived. His charges were upgraded to include Burglary of a Building.
“This is a great example of the cooperation that we have between agencies in Lamar County. With this cooperation and the tenacity of the Deputies involved, these two individuals were arrested, and the property was returned to the rightful owner. I want to commend all involved for the great job done taking these burglars off our streets and keeping our county safe.”
This investigation is ongoing.