Area deputies on the trail of a package thief find a box, then a suspect

Brandon Kerns. (Jail photo)
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NAVARRO COUNTY, Texas (KWTX) An area man suspected of swiping a package from someone’s doorstep was caught, but it’s what he said to responding deputies that landed him behind bars.

Navarro County Sheriff’s deputies were trying to locate a white-colored Chrysler hatchback late Wednesday afternoon after a resident reported a suspicious vehicle was driving down several county roads in the area of NW 1390, 1400, 1342, and 1343, officials say.

While attempting to locate the vehicle, one of his captains saw a “new looking” cardboard box lying in the middle of CR 1390, Sheriff Elmer Tanner said.

It was an empty buck-knife box with the shipping label removed, he said.

Based on the information they had, the deputies located a potential suspect at a nearby home.

The suspect, Tanner says, admitted to stealing the package.

“Both the suspect and officers entered the residence where the suspect returned the knife to Capt. Phillips and also advised that he had guns and was a convicted felon,” said Tanner.

Tanner says in addition to the knife, a pistol and rifle were recovered.

Brandon Kerns, 20, was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

With the package returned, the theft victim decided not to file charges.

“This is a great example of our citizens partnering with law enforcement to provide a safer community and help keep our citizens and their property safe,” said Tanner.

Kerns remained in the Navarro County Jail Wednesday night awaiting a judge to set his bond.