'Twas the night after Christmas, more than a mouse was stirring; Robber hits the wrong home
MIDLOTHIAN – The day after Christmas all seemed quiet until a witness observed a suspicious individual at a residence on the 3800 blk. of Plainview Road Sunday, Dec. 26.
The witness, who normally would have been at church themselves except for some utility issues that morning, observed a blue vehicle pull up to a neighbor’s house and after making entry, started carrying stuff to his vehicle.
According to reports, the unidentified neighbor called the homeowner and told him of the burglary.
The homeowner reportedly was at church and although the service had ended, he was still there talking to one of his good friends, CID Sergeant Alvin Sims of the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office.
Sims and the unidentified homeowner got in a personal vehicle and headed toward the man’s house.
On the way, Sims called the sheriff’s office dispatch, who in turn had some marked units headed in their direction.
As the homeowner and Sims were approaching the house, they observed the suspect’s vehicle leaving the scene and tried to block the road.
According to a news release issued by the ECSO, the suspect went around them and kept going.
However, by this time the patrol shift sergeant J. Osteen had arrived and immediately started trying to initiate a stop.
The suspect kept fleeing and wrecked at the intersection of Mt. Zion and Plainview Roads.
The suspect was later identified as Anthony J. Cooper of Dallas.
All of the property was recovered.
Cooper, 32, was arrested for burglary of a residence, two charges of burglary of a building (for breaking into some storage buildings) and one case of evading arrest in a vehicle.
Bonds totaling $35,000 were set by Judge Joseph Gallo.