Saturday afternoon Montgomery County precinct 4 deputies responded to a reported burglary in progress on Walker Road and East River in the Bennette Estates area. Since the floods, several homes were left abandon but not all. The ones that were attracted several people who stole air conditioners, copper wire, and other property. Due to this the residents who still live in the area have been watching over each other’s property. When deputies arrived they blocked off several entrances. That is when the male and female burglars tried their escape but it didn’t work. The suspects had cut locks and parked in the woods across the street. They then reattached the chain to give it a locked appearance. From there they used a wheelbarrow to start shuttling property. In all, they broke into a house, two storage containers, and a home. Found in their possession were several antique lanterns, a photo album that had the owners photos from the back as far as the ’30s. Also components from a diesel truck including the DEF System, and the catalytic converter and SCR catalyst.
Arrested were Justin Steed and Jessica Hickingbottom. Both were charged with burglary, possession of a controlled substance. Hickingbottom was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and Steed who is well known to law enforcement as a felon was charged with felon in possession of a firearm. They were driving a white Chevrolet Colorado with an amber light on top to give it the appearance of a meter readers truck.