HOUSTON, Texas — A Houston man was arrested in connection with jewelry store burglaries in Southeast and North Texas, the Texas Department of Public Safety announced earlier today.

The arrest led to the recovery of more than $100,000 in jewelry.

On Thursday night, May 30, 2019, 43-year-old Demond Lamont Finister was suspected of breaking into a JCPenny store in College Station. With assistance from the Texas Department of Public Safety and the College Station Police Department, Finister was pulled over on State Highway 6 in College Station shortly after Thursday's burglary.

"A search of Finister’s vehicle led to the discovery of approximately $25,000 worth of jewelry in a backpack," read a statement from the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Investigators obtained a search warrant for Finister's Houston-area motel and recovered another approximate $80,000 in jewelry allegedly stolen from a JCPenny department store in Hurst, Texas.

"In addition to the recovered jewelry from JCPenny, investigators also recovered several thousands of dollars’ worth of jewelry from other department store chains," continued the statement.

Finister is being held at the Brazos County jail on a $5,000 bond on charges out of the College Station Police Department for burglary of a building and possession of a criminal instrument. Finister also faces charges in connection with the other suspected burglaries. The investigation remains ongoing.


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