Lufkin Burglar Helps Himself to Polk County, LIVINGSTON, February 8, 2011 - On February 3, 2011, at approximately 2:54 pm, the Polk County Sheriff's Office received a call for service on Dallardsville Road, in reference to a Burglary of a Habitation where the home owner caught the suspect coming out of the residence and the suspect had apparently fired two shots at the home owner. The complainant stated that upon arriving to his residence, he witnessed someone running from the residence and trying to get into a vehicle traveling slowly down the road. Complainant went to contact the suspect when the suspect pulled a pistol and fired two shots at the home owner. The suspect then fled on foot. The home owner then called the Sheriff's Office and gave a good description of the suspect and possible direction of travel. Deputy Darin Crow, along with Lt. Mark Jones were responding to the residence when Deputy Crow spotted a person fitting the description on Highway 146. Deputy Crow made contact with the suspect, which resulted in the recovery of a pistol and property taken from the home owner. Arrested and charged with one count of Burglary of a Habitation, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Felon in Possession of a Firearm is 20 year old Arvin Padierna out of Lufkin.
On the same day, there were two Burglary of Habitations reported on the North End of Polk County. Investigators linked Padierna to those burglaries and recovered property taken from the residences. Padierna was also charged with two more counts of Burglary of a Habitation and currently resides in Polk County Jail under bonds totaling $295,000.00.
Sheriff Kenneth Hammack would like to remind everyone to be aware of their surroundings. If you come home and notice that your residence has been burglarized, please don't go inside, call the Sheriff's Office and wait until a Deputy arrives, the suspect could still be inside the residence.
The Sheriff also reminds everyone to document their serial numbers to personal property such as electronics, firearms, etc. This makes it easy for law enforcement to enter the property as stolen into the computer system not only to track the property, but to positively identify the property once it is recovered.
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