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108 YEAR-OLD CONROE BARBER SHOP SUFFERS HEAVY DAMAGE AT THE HANDS OF A HOMELESS MAN WITH MULTIPLE PRIOR ARRESTS

For 42-years Leon Apostolo has gotten up every morning to open Shepard’s Barbershop which he has been a part of since he was a teenager. However, Friday morning he was called by Conroe Police to respond to the barbershop at 1:30 am. The dispatcher told him the shop, located at 116 Simonton in Conroe had been broken into. He arrived to find several Conroe Police Officers at his business. In the backseat was a suspect who they captured after an altercation that took three officers to subdue him. 55-year-old Troy Lee Reinhardt of Beaumont, a man who stated he was homeless and didn’t like police officers was arrested and transported to the Montgomery County Jail on a charge of Burglary of a building. Apostolo said the damage was well over $6000. All his windows were broken out, the barber pole destroyed. Outside were photos that had hung on the wall showing the history of the shop and of Conroe. His Lance Bubble Gum jar was broken in the street. Just around the corner, all the old planters in front of the antique mall were also broken. The barbershop is been in Conroe since 1912 and owned by the late Bob Shepard. It is in the old Little Jack West Building. Apostolo praised the Conroe Police Officers who responded. One of the officers went to Home Depot where a crew was unloading trucks. After explaining what happened to the employees the officer called Apostolo to come to the Home Depot. There they loaded several sheets of plywood and returned to the shop. It was then the officer called another Conroe Officer who came to the scene. Between the two officers, they measured the openings where the glass had been, cut the plywood, and screwed it to the window frame. At 5 pm Friday Apostolo was still cutting customers’ hair although he said he was extremely tired. As one customer left he handed Apostolo some cash and told him to buy a new barber pole. Troy Lee Rinehardt has been arrested several times this year by Conroe Police just to be released the following day. On February 26, 2020, he was arrested by Montgomery County Deputies at 23561 US 59, the Porter Walmart for public intoxication and harassment of a public servant. Then on June 28, 2020, he was arrested at 225 N. Thompson for public intoxication and evading arrest. On July 1, 2020, he was arrested by Conroe Police for public intoxication at 203 East Davis for public intoxication. On July 7, 2020, he was once again arrested for public intoxication at 910 W. Davis.

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7/7/2020 316469 REINHARDT, TROY LEE HOMELESS – BEAUMONT NEAR MALL BEAUMONT TX CONROE PD 910 W. DAVIS ST INSTANTER MUCR PUBLIC INTOXICATION (PI)

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  1. Michael

    Kudos to the officers who helped the shop owner board up his busted-out windows, and Kudos to the citizen who gave the shop owner a nice “tip” to go towards a replacement barber pole too! At least there are a few good people left in this area…. but we are getting outnumbered I fear. :-\

    You did not say Scott, but did Home Depot donate the plywood panels? If so, Kudos to them too!

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