After authorities discovered a building used for storage by the Bonham Police Department was burglarized, police set up an operation to catch the suspect who was expected to return to the scene of the crime.
On the morning of June 21, a Bonham Animal Control officer discovered a door on a storage building in the 100 block of Chestnut Street was forced open. A police officer responded the scene and walked through the building to check what was missing, according to the police report.
Police discovered four damaged rims to a police vehicle were moved and stacked near double doors on the south side of the building. The doors were unlocked, and a plastic crate with various metal parts was also stacked next to the rims, according to the report.
In a report filed the next day, Bonham Police Det. William Abbott states that the items placed by the doors indicated “the suspect was staging the property to return at a later time to retrieve it.” So police hid two cameras, one inside the building and one outside, to photograph the suspect when he returned.
Police chained two of the vehicle rims to a fixed object inside. The first report states the door that was previously forced open was not repaired, and the double doors were left unlocked “in an attempt to capture the subject or subjects possibly returning back” to the scene.
The next morning, June 22, Abbott states in the report that he was informed the storage building was burglarized again, so Abbott returned to the scene. The items placed by the double doors were not taken, although they were moved. The game cameras were retrieved, and the exterior camera showed a teal truck in front of the doors at about 6 p.m. the day before. A bearded man with several tattoos on his left arm, who appeared to be in his late 20s to early 30s, was also caught on camera. The camera showed the man return to the storage building again at about 9 p.m. the same day.
The information on the burglary was shared with the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office, and a vehicle matching the suspect’s was located at a hotel. Police made contact with the hotel, and the possible suspect was identified as 30-year-old Sean Kenneth Berry, which the report notes Berry had an outstanding felony warrant. Police compared Berry’s driver’s license photo with that of the suspect caught on camera, and a match was confirmed.
Police watching the hotel saw Berry enter the truck and leave. Police pulled the vehicle over, and Berry was arrested for burglary of a building. He was later booked into the Fannin County Jail.