A suspicious vehicle report to Smith County Sheriff’s Office led to the arrest of one man for burglary Tuesday morning.
Around 9:30a.m., Smith County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Corey Cameron and his K-9 partner, Endy, responded to a residence in the 15000 block of County Road 463 in northern Smith County in reference to a suspicious vehicle complaint.
The caller, who is the daughter of the homeowner, reported an unknown gray passenger car parked at her mother’s residence at a time when no one should be at the home.
The deputy located the vehicle, which was backed into the driveway, and investigated along with his K-9 partner. The deputy found a spot in the garage behind the residence where the siding had been peeled back.
Cameron heard what he thought was someone inside the garage and asked for the person to identify themselves. After several attempts to make verbal contact with the person, the K-9 was sent into the building.
After a short time, Endy found a 35-year-old man hiding under items in the garage. The man surrendered to Endy and was taken into custody.
The suspect in this case has been identified Jason Bowers of Lindale.
Bowers was taken to East Texas Medical Center where he was treated and released for minor injuries resulting from the contact with the dog.
Several credit cards reported stolen in Henderson County were found on Bowers.
Bowers was booked into the Smith County Jail and is charged with burglary of a building. Smith County Sheriff’s Office deputies are in contact with Henderson County Sheriff’s Office Investigators in regards to the possibility of additional charges against Bowers.
The suspect has an extensive record of burglaries beginning in 1997 less than a month after his 17th birthday, when he was arrested for burglary, according to Smith County Judicial Records. Bowers' probation was revoked in 1999 following his arrest for burglary in October 1998. He received an 18-month state jail felony sentence.
In 2005, Bowers was arrested twice - in September for burglary and in December for criminal trespass and credit card abuse. He received four years in Texas Department of Criminal Justice system in 2006. In 2013, Bowers pleaded guilty to burglary and received 15 months in state jail, according to Smith County Judicial Records.