The keen eye of a concerned citizen and prompt response by sheriff’s deputies resulted in the quick capture of a burglary suspect in Austin County last week.
Heath Herring, 45, was arrested on April 30 by Deputy C. Wied and Deputy D. Olvera. The deputies were dispatched to Stockold Road near Sealy about noon after a citizen called 911 about a suspicious person. The caller was familiar with the residents in the area and knew Herring did not look like anyone who lived in the neighborhood. It appeared to the caller that Herring was walking from house to house.
Deputies responded within minutes of the call and found Herring, who matched the description given by the caller. Herring was standing in the yard and claimed to be the owner of the property. One of the windows of the house had been broken with a cement block that was found on the scene. Officers also found a chain saw that had been taken from the homeowner’s tool shed.
The chain saw was used to cut through the front door of the house to gain entry. In addition, a travel trailer near the home had been damaged when a window was smashed in a burglary attempt. Deputies contacted the homeowner who arrived from work to survey the recent damage. The homeowner had never seen Herring before and did not give him permission to be on the property.
Herring was placed in the Austin County Jail for burglary of a habitation. He is being held on $50,000 bond.
Sheriff Jack Brandes said he was pleased with the help of the concerned citizen and the quick work of the deputies.
“I am extremely proud of these two deputies and all of our sheriff’s office personnel for doing a good job of keeping our residents safe,” he said. “It is important that neighbors all look after one another… See something, say something!”