From Lamar County Sheriff Scott Cass
On Tuesday night, Lamar County Precinct 3 Constable noticed a suspicious vehicle sitting abandoned in the 5400-block of FM 79 in an area of recent burglaries. Lamar County Sheriff’s deputies arrived to assist and started checking nearby properties and shop buildings. At one of the buildings, a deputy heard noises coming from behind it, investigated, located a male in the woods with a flashlight, and detained him. Another person was making sounds in the woods, but deputies were unable to find anyone. The property owner arrived and stated the male did not have permission to be there. Deputies located property on the male the owner identified as his. They placed Joshua Adam Westbrook, 35, under arrest for Burglary of a Building and transported him to the Lamar County Jail.
A short time later, Lamar County Deputies located Jason Seth Westbrook, 33, walking a few miles from the burglary and placed him under arrest for an unrelated misdemeanor. He admitted to burglarizing the building with his cousin at the jail and fleeing the scene once deputies arrived. They upgraded his charges to include Burglary of a Building. This investigation is ongoing.
It is an excellent example of the cooperation that we have between agencies in Lamar County. With this cooperation and the Deputies’ tenacity, they arrested these two individuals and returned the property to the rightful owner. I want to commend all involved for the great job done taking these burglars off our streets and keeping our county safe.