Duo burglarizes Chico shop, tosses tools

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, January 25, 2014

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A man and woman were arrested Wednesday afternoon after leading officers on a chase north of Chico.

Brian Brooks

About 2 p.m. Wes Fowler returned home to the 400 block of County Road 1480 and discovered a couple taking tools from his shop.

Sheriff David Walker said as Fowler approached, the duo began throwing tools back inside the shop before jumping into their Mitsubishi SUV and taking off.

Fowler called 911 and began following the suspects – Brian Brooks, 40, of Azle and Jennifer Buell, 18, of Paradise. Wise County Sheriff’s Deputy Steven Yancey and Sgt. Cavin Riggs finally stopped the vehicle on Farm Road 2265 near an entrance to the LBJ National Grasslands.

Inside the SUV they discovered tools taken from the homeowner, as well as other items.

“We still have a camera and other tools that haven’t been matched up with other burglaries,” said Walker.

Jennifer Buell

He said Brooks claims some of the tools are his, but investigators have not yet verified this.

Walker said although Fowler didn’t know the suspects, Buell was acquainted with Randy Maddox, who works for Fowler and lives on the property. Maddox lives in an apartment inside the shop, and Buell told investigators she was planning to move in with him. She said Brooks was helping move her belongings.

When they arrived, no one was home and for unknown reasons, they began loading items into their vehicle.

Brooks and Buell were both charged with burglary of a building. They were both released from Wise County Jail on $5,000 bond.

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