Brown County Sheriff's deputies served an arrest warrant Friday morning in the Lake Brownwood area and seized numerous items believed stolen in Brown County and the Dallas-Fort Worth area, as well as a small amount of heroin, sheriff's officials said.
Investigator James Stroope said he and other deputies went to a residence on County Road 572, where, deputies believed, they would find Candace McNeal, 26, the subject of a theft warrant Stroope had obtained.
Deputies arrested McNeal on the theft warrant and on additional charges of possession of a controlled substance and fraudulent use or possession of identifying information, Stroope said.
Deputies found a small amount of heroin in McNeal's purse, and found in the residence a laptop computer believed stolen from a home near Bangs, Stroope said.
Drug paraphernalia was visible in McNeal's vehicle, and a search of the vehicle revealed numerous purses and electronics items believed taken in home and vehicle burglaries in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Stroope said.
Stroope said patrol deputies had taken a home burglary report in early April at a home near Bangs. Stroope made online checks and learned McNeal was pawning items in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Stroope said, and he received a call Thursday from a Fort Worth detective who said McNeal was a suspect in burglaries there.
Stroope said he checked McNeal's contacts and learned she was possibly at the County Road 572 residence.
"You did a good job. I'm proud of you," Sheriff Bobby Grubbs told Stroope as Grubbs looked at some of the stolen property in Stroope's office. " … Fantastic work."
Additional charges are possible, Stroope said.