On December 20th, 2012, deputies with the Walker County Sheriff’s Office responded to two residential burglaries in the Crabbs Prairie area where both residences had forcibly been entered. Upon Making entry, the suspects in the case removed several firearms and all of the victims’ Christmas gifts from beneath the Christmas trees.
Prior to leaving the scene, officers were made aware that the majority of the gifts taken from both locations were intended for the vicitms’ young children. Officers were also made aware that, due to financial difficulties, the families were not likely to be able to replace the gifts before Christmas.
Upon processing the crime scene and gathering intelligence information, the responding officers left the scene and completed the initial case report so that the investigation could be turned over to detectives the following morning.
Sheriff McRae and his staff ultimately decided to voluntarily raise money from within the department from personal funds in order to assure that these children, in fact, received their gifts and had a Merry Christmas.
On December 22nd, Sheriff McRae and several members of his staff met with these families and provided them with enough money to replace all of the gifts that had been taken.
On Monday, January 14th, Sheriff McRae received an anonymous phone call advising that an individual by the name of Greg Coble from Bedias was in custody at the Grimes County Jail for burglary. The caller advised that based on the information he had received, he felt this individual may be responsible for the burglaries in their case, as well.
On Tuesday, January 15th, based on the information obtained during this investigation, Detectives Bean and Williams proceeded to the Grimes County Sheriff’s Office and met with their investigators regarding Greg Coble. Shortly afterward, Walker County Detectives met with the suspect and were able to obtain a full confession on the burglaries.