Briggs robbery suspect caught with stolen guns

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer
Burnet Bulletin

Authorities arrested a Killeen man in a traffic stop Jan. 7, allegedly connected to a stolen vehicle case, burglary and convenience store robbery in Burnet County, officials said.

Emmanuel Harris, 32, of Killeen was stopped around 10 a.m. that morning by the Killeen Police Department in that city and charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He was taken to the Bell County Jail.

Investigators reported the suspect's arrest in Killeen was connected to a vehicle reported stolen about an hour earlier the same day in the 6000 block of Farm-to-market Road 2657 in Burnet County.

“The owner reported that his vehicle had been stolen from his residence while he was out and about on his property,” a press release stated. “He further reported that his residence had been burglarized with a number of firearms stolen.”

Killeen investigators recovered six stolen firearms, two computers and a box of jewelry which BCSO reported as burglarized from the vehicle theft victim's residence, officials said.

Ultimately, Harris was also identified as the suspect in the Jan. 6 robbery at J&J Market, in the 3700 block of U.S. 183, in Briggs.

Witnesses reported that the suspect tried to walk out of the store around 12:30 p.m. that afternoon without paying for beer, and then struck a complainant trying to stop him with the door of the vehicle the suspect was driving. The vehicle which belonged to the suspect's family member was abandoned a few miles away.

A day-long law enforcement air and ground search ensued, and at one point the suspect, carrying a rifle, was spotted by workers in a pasture in the Briggs area.

The suspect faces additional Burnet County charges of theft of a firearm, burglary of a habitation and robbery.

The Heart of Texas Auto Theft Task Force (HOTATTF) assisted with the investigation.

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