3 arrested for repeatedly burglarizing neighbor

Sara Vanden Berge
Brandon Davenport

Three Erath County residents have been arrested and charged with repeatedly breaking into a neighbor’s house over the course of a month.

Rachel Tatum, 37, Brandon Davenport, 45, and Mason Farquhar, 21, were taken into custody Monday and charged with burglary of a building. They are being held in the Erath County Jail on a $20,000 bond each.

Sgt. Investigator Ben Moore with the Erath County Sheriff’s Office said they received a call on July 13 from a landowner on County Road 313 in Dublin reporting that a home he uses as a storage building had been burglarized.

“The landowner had surveillance cameras on his property and captured photos of the suspects,” Moore said. “They were perfect pictures.”

Sgt. Kent Howell and Deputy Nakita Duffield took the report and recognized the suspects from the photos immediately.

“(Howell and Duffield) had just dealt with the suspects three days before on another criminal matter,” Moore said.

The trio allegedly stole a number of items from his neighbor’s house including a TV, furniture and guns.

“They also stole cow medicine and ear tags that were still in the packages and tried to return them to local stores for cash,” Moore said. “They stole between $4,000 to $5,000 in property, which has all been recovered except two chairs and a coffeepot.”

The surveillance camera captured the trio breaking into the building for more than a month.

Moore said the suspects could possibly face up to nine additional charges.