On Sunday, February 5 Tyler County Sheriff's office received a call about a suspicious vehicle parked on CR 4300 off FM 1746. Deputy Casey Whitworth responded to the call. According to reports, the vehicle was abandoned. Whitworth noticed a door open on a nearby travel trailer and called for back up. Officer Jeremy Byrum and Corporal Mike Williams, along with canine officer Drake, searched the area and found two suspects inside a travel trailer. Shelton Beaty, 25, of Hillister and Michael Criddle, 23, of Hillister were taken into custody. Criddle was armed with a stun gun and Beaty had a handgun. The men burglarized three travel trailers at the hunt club. Bond was set at $100,000 by Judge Bryan Weatherford for Criddle for two charges of burglary of a habitation. Beaty received a $110,000 bond by Weatherford for two charges of burglary and a third charge of unlawfully carrying a weapon. Both are in the county jail awaiting trial.
On Saturday, February 11 a witness observed a burglary in progress on Hickory Street in Colmesneil. According to an eyewitness, two suspects broke into the side door of a home. Officers stopped the vehicle, seen leaving the scene, at the Exxon store in Colmesneil. Corey Brian Shird, 30, of Colmesneil and Sierra Nicole Patrick, 19, of Colmesneil were both arrested for burglary of a habitation. Officers found a checkbook from the home in the vehicle. Upon further inspection, officers also found a commercial size Ozarka water bottle and a cashed-in coin receipt for over $200 from Jasper WalMart. Bond was set at $75,000 each by Judge Bryan Weatherford.
During the investigation, deputy Steven Zeller discovered Jasper County had an unsolved burglary of a habitation in the Sam Rayburn area. Missing from the home was a commercial size Ozarka water bottle filled with coins. With cooperation between the Jasper County and Tyler County sheriff's departments, Shird was also charged with burglary of a habitation in Jasper County and bond was set at $10,000.