Athens Review, Athens, Texas

February 12, 2013

On a sour note ...

Brownsboro man busted for guitar theft

From Staff Reports
The Athens Review

Athens — The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 22 year-old Brownsboro man on Friday who fled from a Brownsboro area residence with a guitar strapped to his back.

The guitar was valuable enough to earn Taylor Ryan Farmer a second-degree felony charge of burglary of a habitation. The offense carries a possible sentence of two years to 20 years in jail, and a fine not to exceed $10,000. Farmer posted $1,000 bond and was released on Monday.

HCSO reports state that a homeowner on County Road 3600 near Brownsboro arrived home at about 11 p.m. and saw a man fleeing from her guest house with the guitar in his possession. Deputy Josh Rickman was dispatched to the home and spoke to the woman, who gave a description of the thief.

According to reports, Rickman learned that the description matched Farmer, and went to the suspect’s home address on Pine Oak Street. Rickman made contact with Farmer and transported him back to the crime scene. While there, the homeowner was able to identify him as the person she saw running from her guest house.

Farmer was taken to the Henderson County Detention Center, where he cooperated with investigators Chad Walker and Bradley Gray and told them the location where they could find the guitar. The investigators located the guitar just east of the crime scene located in a wooded area, covered with pine limbs and straw.

The officers retrieved the guitar and returned it to its owner. Farmer was returned to the jail for booking.