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Polk County Enterprise - Local News
Stories Added - November 2009
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2 jailed for burglaries, meth
Polk County Enterprise - November 2009

LIVINGSTON — Two Cleveland residents, Steven Scott Stowe and Joy Stowe were arrested and charged with burglary of a building after detectives identified the couple as being involved in a series of burglaries in Polk, San Jacinto and Liberty counties. The investigation into the string of burglaries also led officials to two meth labs. During September and October, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office received several complaints of burglaries and thefts in different locations in Polk County. During the investigation, detectives obtained a possible description of a vehicle seen at some of the residences. It was described as a small two-door silver or gray sports car with chrome wheels, driven by a white male with dark hair. At the same time, the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office had its own investigation under way of several burglaries and thefts with a vehicle matching the description of the one seen at burglaries in Polk County. Some of the property taken in the Polk County burglaries was found at a pawn shop in Cleveland. While reviewing video surveillance, investigators noticed that the person pawning the stolen items was driving a vehicle that fit the description of the vehicle seen by citizens in Polk County and San Jacinto County. The suspect’s address was obtained and surveillance was conducted on the residence which led to a traffic stop by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in San Jacinto County on the suspect vehicle. The suspects were identified as Steven Scott Stowe and Joy Stowe of Cleveland. Polk County detectives obtained two search warrants for residences in Cleveland, and with the assistance of the Cleveland Police Department served the warrants recovering stolen property from Polk County, and two methamphetamine labs. The Texas Department of Public Safety took control of the labs with charges pending on the owners of the residence. Steven Stowe and Joy Stowe were arrested and charged with burglary of a building and taken to the Polk County Jail. They have since been released on bond. An arrest warrant was issued for Raymond Higginbotham for burglary of a habitation. He is accused of being with Stowe during the burglaries committed in Polk County. Investigators received information of a location in Liberty County where possible stolen property from Polk County was located. PCSO obtained a search warrant for the residence and with the assistance of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, Cleveland Police Department, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office, and Texas Department of Public Safety executed the search warrant and several items of stolen property were recovered that had been reported stolen from Polk, San Jacinto, and Liberty counties. The cases are still under investigation by PCSO, with other charges pending. These suspects also face other charges from Liberty and San Jacinto counties.

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