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Thomas Douglas Bennett, 52, of White Settlement, was arrested Friday, July 2 after burglarizing an Aledo residence in the 2200 block of FM 5. Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said the suspect was apprehended in Fort Worth after a high-speed vehicle pursuit.
Bennett was spotted by the homeowner as he was leaving the residence. The victim reported that the had stolen a laptop computer, an Xbox, .20 gauge single shot shotgun, set of tools and women’s clothing.
The victim also reported the suspect, described as a white male in his 50s with white hair dressed in a T-shirt and shorts, pointed the stolen shotgun at her. No words were exchanged as she froze with her hands raised and the suspect passed her, fleeing her driveway with the stolen items in a black Ford F-350 pickup truck and crashing through the fence.
After an alert was issued on the suspect and vehicle, Fort Worth Police contacted Parker County Sheriff’s investigators about an hour later, informing them the suspect was in custody at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth after the suspect crashed the vehicle during the pursuit.
Fort Worth Police reported the suspect was apprehended in the 8600 block of Chapin Road, in West Fort Worth after officers observed him exiting a second residential burglary in Fort Worth. Bennett led Fort Worth officers in high-speed chased for a short distance, where he crashed in the 8600 block of Chapin Road. Bennett sustained abrasions to his head and right hand. Bennett was wearing an ankle monitor while the incidents occurred.
The suspect vehicle was reported stolen to Fort Worth Police earlier Friday morning at a car wash off of University Drive.
The stolen vehicle was reported totaled after officers said Bennett crashed into a flag pole, a stop sign, a telephone pole, a brick wall, a residence and damaged a sprinkler system at a school on Chapin Road, during the pursuit. Bennett’s Blood Alcohol Content measured at .30, more than three times the legal limit. No additional injuries were reported in the incident.
This afternoon, Parker County Sheriff’s investigators met with Fort Worth officers and confirmed the recovered stolen items in the pickup as the ones stolen in the Aledo burglary earlier Friday.
Bennett, who has an extensive criminal history including seven prior counts of burglary, was charged by Fort Worth Police for theft of vehicle and burglary of a habitation. Parker County Sheriff’s investigators are seeking an additional burglary of a habitation warrant for Bennett.