Crockett PD Makes Arrest in January Burglary

By Will Johnson
Messenger Reporter

CROCKETT – A Crockett man arrested on Tuesday, July 25 on a failure to appear warrant for burglary of building. While he was in jail, he was served with a second arrest warrant for the burglary of a habitation in January where a video gaming system, an array of gaming accessories along with several video games, were allegedly stolen.

Eugene Stovall, Jr., a 19-year-old Crockett resident, was charged with a second degree felony for allegedly burglarizing a residence in Crockett during the month of January.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Crockett Police Department Officer Isaias Rodriguez was dispatched to a residence in reference to a burglary on Jan. 12 at approximately 1:30 p.m.

When he arrived at the crime scene, the officer met with the couple who resided at the location.

“(The wife) reported that she came home to see a broken window on the side of her home. (The husband) reported to us all the items that were taken from the home,” the probable cause document stated.

A video surveillance system had been installed at the residence, according to the affidavit. Officers reviewed the video tape which revealed “… a black male with a blue hoodie, blue jeans and white shoes walked up to the front door of the residence where it was shown that he knocked on the door and checked the door knob to see if it was open.”

The surveillance video further depicted Stovall, Jr. walking around to the side of the residence where he gained entry to the home through a window.

“After a few minutes of being inside the home, Stovall, Jr. exited from the front door with a blue backpack with property inside and his face was clearly seen on the (video) footage,” the affidavit stated.

The items taken during the burglary were listed on the probable cause document and included: a black Xbox One; two Xbox controls; an Xbox headset; a console charger; four video games; a pair of Studio Beats headphones; Beats Bluetooth earphones; and a blue Nike backpack.

Officers later met with the father of Stovall, Jr. and when the law enforcement officials showed the father a picture from the video, he “… immediately identified him as his younger son, Eugene Stovall, Jr.,” according to the affidavit.

Stovall, Jr. was served with an arrest warrant for burglary of a habitation after he was booked into custody on the failure to appear charge which stemmed from a previous criminal offense.

Under Texas law, the burglary of a habitation charge is 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.”

Stovall is currently held at the Houston County Jail and has been “no-bonded.”

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