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Posted on: November 1, 2022

Palestine Police Arrest Burglary Suspect

Weatherford James

PALESTINE, Texas (November 1, 2022) – The Palestine Police Department has arrested a burglar who was caught in the act early Saturday morning. 

Just after 4:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 29th, Officers from the Palestine Police Department responded to Kim’s #3 convenience store in the 2300 block of West Oak in reference to a burglary alarm. 

Corporal (Cpl) Nathan Perkins arrived on scene and observed a subject inside of the store. Cpl. Perkins moved towards the back door as the subject was exiting the building. Cpl. Perkins made contact with the subject, who was later identified as James Weatherford, 66, of Palestine. Weatherford was found holding a crowbar in one hand and a knife in the other. Cpl. Perkins ordered Weatherford to drop the crowbar and knife and he complied. Weatherford was taken into custody without incident. 

Further investigation revealed that Weatherford had made entry into the store, setting off the alarm. While in the store, Weatherford attempted to break into the store’s ATM machine. Officers arrived a short time later. 

Weatherford was transported to the Anderson County Jail and booked for the charge of Burglary of a Building. Weatherford was also booked for an outstanding warrant for Possession of a Controlled Substance PG3 28g to 200g: Violation of Probation.

“I commend Cpl. Perkins and assisting Officers for their quick response and catching this suspect before he could get away.” PPD Chief Mark Harcrow said. “We respond to a lot of burglary alarms, most of which are false alarms. This is a good example that Officers never know what they are going to find when they arrive to these calls.”

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