Athens Review, Athens, Texas

May 11, 2013

Chandler man arrested for burglaries

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

CHANDLER — The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Chandler man in connection with multiple burglaries from east of Athens to the Smith County Line.

Joshua Ray Shapley, 30, remained in the Henderson County Jail on Friday with total bond set at $624,000 on various burglaries and other offenses.

The ongoing investigation is a joint effort of the HCSO and the Smith County Sheriff’s Office. According to HCSO reports, as of Friday, the departments had solved five residential and building burglaries. Additional charges and arrests are anticipated as the investigation unfolds.

While working the case, HCSO Investigator Cayce Hampton and SCSO Investigator Aaron Hinton obtained information that led to Shapley’s arrest in relation to burglaries on Farm-to-Market Road 317, FM 607 south, FM 314 and County Road 3412.  HCSO reports indicate that Capt. Brian Tower and Investigators Hampton and Robert Powers recovered a number of firearms from a storage facility off of FM 315, that are connected to the string of burglaries. Investigators believe there have been additional burglaries in the area that have not been reported.

Investigators learned that Shapley was already in custody at the Henderson County Detention Center following an April 26 arrest for burglary of a habitation, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also held on Smith County charges of burglary of a habitation, and evading arrest and detention with a motor vehicle.