By Will Johnson

Messenger Reporter

KENNARD – A 35-year-old Kennard man was arrested and charged with burglary of a habitation after he was caught in the act by occupants of a Kennard residence as he attempted to leave the residency with property belonging to the occupants.

Christian Matthew Thames was apprehended by deputies with the Houston County Sheriff Office (HCSO) and charged with burglary of a habitation on Tuesday, Dec. 6. He also was charged with one count of bringing a prohibited substance into a correctional facility after a bottle of prescription medication was found in his possession after he was booked into the Houston County Jail.

HCSO deputies were dispatched to a residence on County Road 4680 in Kennard on Tuesday, Dec. 6 in reference to “… someone being in the house and trying to leave with a laptop computer and some other things.”

According to an affidavit of probable cause, a female individual arrived at the residence as Thames was attempting to leave. After she observed Thames with the laptop and called 911, she initiated a conversation with him.

The report further stated a male subject also arrived at the residence and confronted Thames. At that point, the affidavit indicated Thames left the dwelling and began to walk down CR 4680.

As the HCSO deputies arrived at the scene, Thames was observed walking down the road. Because of information provided to the law enforcement officials while enroute, Thames was detained by the deputies and searched.

The search yielded two pocket knives. Based on the information obtained from the female and male subjects referenced earlier, Thames was placed under arrest and transported to the Houston County Jail.

When Thames entered the jail, it was discovered he had a pill bottle of Soma tablets (muscle relaxers) which were prescribed to another person.

Both charges are considered as second degree felonies. Under Section 12.33 of the Texas Penal Code, “An individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the second degree shall be punished by imprisonment in the institutional division for any term of not more than 20 years or less than two years. In addition to imprisonment, an individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the second degree may be punished by a fine not to exceed $10,000.”

As of press time, Thames remains in the Houston County Jail. His total bond has been set at $40,000.

Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at wjohnson@messenger-news.com.