Man reportedly hired to cut grass robbed Porter home, authorities say

A home surveillance system helped Montgomery County law enforcement arrest a burglary suspect Sunday morning, around 10 a.m., in the 21500 block of Sullivan Forest Drive in Porter.

Authorities say the homeowner called law enforcement to say he was viewing his home security cameras from another location and saw someone inside his home taking items.

When deputies arrived, they found a man mowing the grass in the front yard, but found a pair of boots by the front door. The man mowing the yard was wearing boots. Believing there was another individual around the home, deputies searched and found James Wortman, 35, hiding in the backyard with only socks on his feet.

“During the investigation, Deputies discovered that Mr. Wortman was hired to mow the property with the man in the front yard; however, Mr. Wortman forced his way in the front door leaving his boots at the front door while he burglarized the residence. When deputies arrived, Mr. Wortman fled out of the back door and attempted to hide,” according to a statement from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

During a search of Wortman, deputies reportedly found he had property from inside the residence in his pockets as well as methamphetamine. Wortman was arrested for burglary of a habitation, possession of a controlled substance and a warrant from Texas Pardons and Parole.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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