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Two burglaries send five to jail
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TRINITY – Five Trinity County men and women were charged with burglary last week in connection with a pair of break-ins reported recently in the Hawg Heaven subdivision off FM 356. Virgil Cole, 39, April Knight, 33, Mandy Sherrard, 24, Jesse Wingate, 52, and Jason Wingate, 37, all listed with Trinity addresses, were each charged with felony burglary of a habitation. Pct. 1 Constable Woody Wallace said one or more of the suspects were residing in Hawg Heaven and the group broke into a neighbor’s home in August and then again in October, taking various items on each occasion. Wallace said the house was a weekend residence and the burglaries occurred when the owners were away. Following the second break-in, the victims reported the burglary to the Wallace’s office. Pct. 1 Deputy Constables already were working in the area in an effort to clear up other burglaries and thefts. Following a traffic stop by deputy constables Rusty Barrett and Ricky Hope, investigators were able to obtain enough information to proceed with criminal charges against the five suspects. Wallace said his office has recovered a large amount of the stolen property. Some of the items were sold to individuals and some were pawned in the Livingston area. “If you have purchased anything from one of the suspects, please contact the constable’s office at (936) 594-2122 or your local law enforcement in an effort to help us recover the last few stolen items,” Wallace said. All five suspects placed under $18,000 bonds set by Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Bernie Beard after being arrested. They were subsequently transported directly to the Houston County Jail. The Houston County Jail currently houses a number of Trinity County prisoners under contract with the Trinity County Sheriff’s Department.


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