By Will Johnson
Messenger Reporter

HOUSTON COUNTY – A 22-year-old Latexo woman has been arrested and charged in connection to a burglary of a Grapeland area business which occurred in September of 2016.

Emily Elaine Owens was arrested and charged on Feb. 6 with burglarizing the Grapeland Café, located at 1246 U.S. Hwy. 287 N.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Owens and a female accomplice were inside of the restaurant on or about Sept. 12, 2016 and unlocked an interior window.

The duo then returned sometime after the restaurant closed on Sept. 12 and before it re-opened on Sept. 13. The two female suspects, “… opened the window, entering said business and stole $1,700 in U.S. currency from said business,” according to the affidavit.

A press release received from the Houston County Sheriff’s Office on Feb. 2, indicated information was received by law enforcement officials which implicated Owens and her accomplice.

Owens was arrested and “… provided a verbal confession to said crime,” the probable cause document stated.

She was booked into custody on one count of burglary of a building, a second degree felony.

According to 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.”

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