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July 16, 2013

Kerens Police nab church burglar

Kerens — Kerens Police Officer Robert Cook stopped a burglary in the middle of the crime Friday around 4 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Kerens, according to Kerens Police Chief Bryan Miers.

Cook was patrolling in the area of 205 Northwest Second near downtown Kerens when he got a dispatch call about glass breaking in the area. Cook saw movement inside the church and arrested Daniel Richard Simpson, 26, as he was leaving the broken glass door through which he had entered the church.

The alleged burglar did receive some cuts on his leg from broken glass, so an ambulance was called and he was taken to Navarro Regional Hospital. Simpson was treated for his injury, got some stitches and was then taken to the county jail where he was charged with burglary of a building.

When he was arrested, Simpson wasn’t carrying any form of identification and told the officer his name was Rodney Allen Broach. When he was booked, sheriff’s officers determined that his real name was Simpson and that he had 11 outstanding felony warrants for his arrest from Henderson County.

They added one more charge, which was failure to identify as a fugitive.

He had a total of $100,000 in bonds, but one of his charges has a “no bond,” so he remains in the jail.

He was indicted on June 11 in Henderson County on 12 counts of forgery of financial instrument and fraudulent use of identifying information.

In addition, Henderson County had warrants on him to revoke his probation for home burglary and criminal mischief, not to mention additional allegations regarding tampering or fabricating physical evidence, manufacturing or delivering a controlled substance, and forgery of a financial instrument, according to the warrant clerk with the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office.

Kerens Police Chief Miers thanked the Navarro County Sheriff’s Office for its help in the case.

“Deputies from Navarro County responded to aid Officer Cook in the apprehension of Simpson and assisted our agency with the entire investigation,” Miers said. He also praised Cook for his work.

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