Bowie County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Two Local Men For Burglary
An alert neighbor discovered a burglary in progress yesterday in Texarkana.
When leaving for work on the morning of June 10, 2015 one of Steve Falgout’s neighbors noticed a vehicle in the driveway of his neighbor's home that did not belong at that house. This neighbor pulled into Falgout’s driveway to check on this vehicle. While driving down the driveway, a male who did not live at this location came out of the house carrying a black rifle case.
A short time later, a second male emerged from the home carrying a handgun by his side. Both of the alleged burglars jumped into the vehicle sitting in the driveway and fled the area. Witnesses attempted to follow the suspects, eventually losing sight of their vehicle, but not before obtaining the license plate number.
Deputy Damon Lynn next met with homeowner Falgout who reported that 10 firearms and two pellet guns had been stolen from his home during this incident. Using the registration information from the suspect vehicle, Captain Jerl Palmore, Investigator Robby McCarver and Investigator David Biggar set out to make contact with the owner of this vehicle.
When they arrived at the registered owner’s address they found Antonio Martaze Nelson, 22, of Wake Village, Texas in the parking lot of the apartment complex where the vehicle owner lives.
Law enforcement officials say the investigators immediately recognized Nelson as a known burglar. Nelson confirmed he had picked up a guy at Falgout’s house and authorities say he admitted to hiding the suspect vehicle that belongs to his girlfriend in Texarkana, Ark.
Nelson was arrested for burglary of a habitation and booked into the Bi-State jail. He granted investigators permission to search his cellular phone. During the search of Nelson’s phone, investigators found a phone call that led them to another witness. This witness reportedly told them Nelson had been with Roy Keith Meadows, 24, of Texarkana, Texas, earlier in the day.
This witness had also heard the pair had allegedly broken into a home and Meadows was allegedly in possession of the stolen firearms. While the investigators were still speaking to this witness, another person pulled up and said that Meadows was at a home at West 15th and Bowie Street. When they arrived at this location, Investigator McCarver saw a male, later identified as Roy Meadows, move rapidly into an open garage and conceal something behind the opening of the door. This item was found to be one of the firearms stolen from Falgout’s home.
Five additional firearms allegedly stolen from Falgout were eventually recovered various places around this home where Meadows had reportedly hidden them. Law enforcement officials say Meadows confessed to breaking into Falgout’s home and stealing his guns.
He was arrested for burglary of a habitation and booked into the Bi-State jail.
After gathering this additional information, a second interview with Nelson was conducted by Captain Palmore. During this interview, Nelson admitted his involvement in the burglary and led investigators to the location of three additional firearms stolen during this burglary. These guns were reportedly hidden around the apartment complex where investigators originally made contact with him.
Both Nelson and Meadows had their bonds set by Judge Nancy Talley at $50,000 each.
Three items stolen from Falgout’s home are still unaccounted for. They are a Springfield XD .45 caliber handgun, a Benjamin .20 caliber pellet gun and an H&K pellet pistol.
Anyone with information about this burglary or the location of this stolen property should contact Investigator Robby McCarver at 903.798.3149 or Crime Stoppers at 903-793-STOP.