Burglary suspect arrested in Tarkington area

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com

Authorities say 38-year-old Jesse Grider, of Cleveland, wanted for burglary and criminal trespass warrants in Polk County, was arrested Monday by the Liberty County Pct. 5 Constable’s Office after reporting evading law enforcement for several days.

Grider’s property is where the constable’s office reportedly found a stolen 16-foot enclosed trailer on Feb. 5.

“We got a tip he was home. He’s been dodging me. I knew he had outstanding warrants that he was ducking and dodging,” said Pct. 5 Constable David Hunter.

Acting on a tip that Grider was at home, Hunter and Deputy Constable Brian Bortz went to his home on CR 2306 in the Cypress Lakes South subdivision between Moss Hill and Tarkington. They found Grider inside his travel trailer and two other men on the property.

“One of the men ran from us, but we know who he is and will be seeking a warrant for his arrest,” said Hunter.

The other man, James Paul Hoagland, of Cleveland, was arrested on traffic warrants out of Cleveland.

According to Hunter, Grider at first refused to come out when commanded.

“After numerous times of telling him to come out, he refused, so we kicked in the door and took him into custody,” Hunter said.

Grider was transported to the Liberty County Jail where he also faces traffic-related warrants. Hoagland was transported to the Cleveland PD jail.

According to Hunter, a vehicle in Grider’s driveway drew suspicion as it was bearing a license plate that belonged to another vehicle and was not owned by any of the three men.

“We will be looking into that to see if the vehicle was stolen. Right now, it’s not coming back as stolen,” Hunter said.

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