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Burglary suspect caught after victim posts suspect's photo on social media, authorities say

Posted at 7:41 PM, Mar 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-02 20:41:43-05

FREESTONE COUNTY, TX — A burglary suspect was caught after the victim posted the suspect's photo to social media, according to the Freestone County Sheriff's Office.

Around 5:31 a.m. on Monday, March 1, a burglary in progress was reported at a residence located east of Teague. The homeowner saw the suspect on video surveillance and reported the burglary to law enforcement.

The suspect ran off before deputies arrived.

The homeowner posted a photo of the suspect on social media and provided the photo to law enforcement. After the post, the identity of the burglar was "easily identifiable by many citizens and law enforcement," said the Freestone County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies arrived at a location in Teague to serve an arrest warrant when they spotted the suspect's vehicle, which head had been seen driving during the burglary. No one answered the door.

The scene was kept secure as authorities left to obtain a search warrant for the residence. While waiting for the arrant, a woman came out and said the suspect was not there.

After the search warrant was signed, authorities entered the residence and located the suspect hiding in the back room under a pile of clothes.

During the search, some of the stolen property from the burglary was located along with a small quantity of methamphetamine.

The suspect was arrested for the burglary warrant and possession of a controlled substance penalty group 1. The woman was arrested for hindering apprehension or prosecution and possession of a controlled substance penalty group 1. Both are being held at the Freestone County Sheriff's Office and are awaiting arraignment.