Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff Troy E. Nehls
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013
Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office deputies responding to a suspicious persons call early Tuesday morning produced the arrests of two men whose burglary efforts ran out of gas, literally.
At about 3 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch received a call about suspicious persons near Williams School Road and FM 360 in the Needville area. The caller said a man was going door-to-door ringing doorbells and he had a gas can in his hand.
Patrol deputies found two men and their vehicle at the intersection of Williams School Road and FM 360. They said they had run out of gas. While talking to the men, deputies spotted items in the back seat of their car, mostly lawn and garden items.
Deputies began contacting residents whose doorbells had been rung. They asked them to check their homes or storage facilities to see if anything was missing. A resident in the 9000 block of Dixie Drive discovered his storage shed had been burglarized. He later identified the items found in the vehicle to be his property.
The gas can also turned out to be stolen.
Facing a charge of Burglary of a Building are Cody Andel, 24, (left above) of Guy, and Herman Ephran, 36, of Wharton. They will appear before a magistrate Wednesday so no bond amount has been set. They remain in the Fort Bend County Jail.