Athens Review, Athens, Texas

April 11, 2013

Church burglary suspect nabbed

Arrest made after Athens Police piece together unrelated crimes hours apart

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — The Athens Police Department arrested a 19-year-old man on Wednesday suspected of stealing sound and video equipment from  Faith Church on Mission Street.

Jeffrey Wayne Coleman was booked into the Henderson County Jail for assault causing bodily injury to a family member, with charges related to the church burglary pending. Coleman remained in custody on Thursday with bond set at $10,000.

APD’s first contact with Coleman was at about 6 a.m., when officers went to the Cain Center in response to a burglary of a vehicle report. Cpl. Billy Westover stopped Coleman, who a witness saw entering a white Nissan that belonged to a Cain Center employee.

The employee did not wish to file charges, but officers found in his possession a black case that contained a guitar, microphone and drumsticks. Police seized the items  and entered them as recovered property. Police entered them as recovered property.

“We told him to bring proof of  ownership and we would release the property back to him if it was his,” APD Lt. Michael Davis said.

Coleman was released, but was soon in trouble again. At about 8:30 a.m., the suspect’s mother, Ann Jackson Coleman, called police  and said Jeffrey had become angry when she tried to take his cellphone, placed his hands around her neck and tried to choke her. Westover went to the residence at 904 Maryland Dr. and arrested Jeffrey Coleman for assault on a family member.

That afternoon, APD was contacted by Faith Church concerning stolen instruments and other equipment. The description of some of the stolen items matched the ones police had taken from Coleman earlier in the day.

Police received consent from the suspect’s mother to return to the residence, and look for more of the stolen equipment.  Westover, Sgt. Brett Morman and Det. Adam Parkins went to the residence  and found all the missing equipment and returned it to its owner.