Three residential burglaries and three burglaries of motor vehicles that occurred recently were solved the same evening with the arrest of Bradley Clay Bullard, 29, of Mount Pleasant, and Jarius Jamar Grant, 30, of Pittsburg. Most of the stolen property was recovered that night.
“We got calls back-to-back on Feb. 5,” Camp County Sheriff Alan McCandless said. “Investigator Calvin Lamont responded to the first call at 4:15 p.m. on County Road 1312 for a report of burglary of a motor vehicle. The caller had discovered her billfold and some loose change was missing from her vehicle. A bicycle was also missing from the front porch of the house.
“At 4:39 p.m. Feb. 5, Deputy Lamont was dispatched to a residence on Highway 11 East for a report of burglary of a habitation,” Sheriff McCandless said. “One of the homeowners got home that afternoon and discovered the back door had been kicked in. A television, a laptop computer and two toolboxes had been stolen.”
Ten minutes after that call was received, another one was taken concerning a burglary of a habitation on County Road 4164, which is in the immediate area. Sheriff McCandless initially met with the complainants and received a partial list of stolen property. Shortly thereafter, Investigator Lamont arrived at that location.
“Several cabinet and closet doors were open throughout the home. Among the items missing from this residence were a 55-inch television, jewelry and jewelry boxes, personal items such as pictures and yard tools,” Sheriff McCandless said.
“While Investigator Lamont was checking with neighbors for any suspect information, one of the homeowners he was talking to discovered they had been burglarized as well,” Sheriff McCandless said. “Missing from that location were two heaters from the garage and a camo backpack and some camo clothing. They also discovered the suspects had entered their vehicle and taken some items from it as well.
“Bullard and Grant were suspects based on the fact both were on parole from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for burglary of a habitation. I had heard earlier, on the day the burglaries occurred, that they were seen together and were doing drugs and drinking,” Sheriff McCandless said. “Chief Deputy Randal Lain Jr. and I located them at a residence on County Road 1225, off Farm-to-Market Road 993. One suspect was in the yard and one was in the house. We observed potential evidence in the bed of the pickup; therefore, Grant and Bullard were detained pending further investigation.”
Sheriff McCandless said a further search of the vehicle and the residence led to the recovery of the merchandise from all three residential burglaries and both motor vehicle burglaries.
“After the searches were completed, Bullard and Grant were transported to the Camp County Jail and initially charged with one count of burglary of a habitation,” he said. “The Texas Department of Criminal Justice issued a blue warrant on both subjects since they were on parole from that agency. A blue warrant is a warrant that states they violated their parole from TDCJ.”
Early the next morning Sheriff McCandless received a call about a burglary of a motor vehicle that had occurred sometime during the night on Feb. 4 or early in the morning of Feb. 5. Taken from that vehicle on County Road 4211 were a duffel bag and miscellaneous tools.
“Chief Deputy Lain recalled seeing some of the specific items in the bed of the pickup,” Sheriff McCandless said. “He and I returned to the suspects’ vehicle and recovered all of those items.”
Sheriff McCandless said the value of all of the recovered items was a considerable amount of money; however, some of the items were irreplaceable.
“I don’t think a person could put a price on the sentimental items that were recovered, things like the jewelry and photographs,” he said. “No doubt apprehending the suspects and recovering all the merchandise the same evening limited their ability of selling or disposing of the evidence.
“Since their arrests, both Bullard and Grant have been charged with an additional count of burglary of a habitation; the investigation is ongoing for further charges. We will also be looking at Bullard and Grant to see if they have any connection to other burglaries we’ve had in the last few months.”