Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX


June 7, 2014

2 charged in county burglary

CHEROKEE COUNTY — Just after 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, Cherokee County Sheriff's Office was notified of a property owner who was following two suspects he caught on his property, stealing engine parts from a garage.

The complainant followed the suspects along State Hwy. 21 between Alto and Nacogdoches. The suspects pulled over at the intersection of Hwy. 21 and County Road 2610 (about 1.5 miles east of Alto), where they exited their truck and approached the complainant's vehicle. They told the man they would take the parts back if he didn't call law enforcement.

However, when the man told the suspects he had already called the law, they ran down the road and into the woods, leaving their vehicle and stolen property behind.

Alto police officers were the first on scene and advised responding sheriff's deputies of the suspects description and where they were last seen.

Upon the arrival of deputies and Investigators, a search perimeter was set up in the area. About 15 minutes into the search, one of the suspects stepped out of the wood line on CR 2610 to flag down a passing vehicle, an unmarked investigator's vehicle.

The investigator pulled over, and when he exited his vehicle the suspect turned to flee, but instead gave up and was placed into custody.

The second suspect was located within 20 minutes and also was taken into custody.

Michael Heath Emmons, 25, of Henderson, and Ricky Lee Schakosky, 28, of Nacogdoches, were booked into the Cherokee County Jail on charges of burglary of a building, a state jail felony.

Bonds were set at $4,000 for each suspect, who were arraigned by Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace Judge Phillip Grimes on Friday.

Other charges may be filed, pending the outcome of the investigation.


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