Harris burglary suspect arrested

Heads up work by a Harris County Sheriff's Department investigator resulted in the Tuesday arrest of a suspect in the burglaries of two businesses where hundreds of dollars worth of lottery tickets were taken.

David Brandon Brantley, 26, of 315 Starling Road, Manchester, was arrested at his home about 3:50 p.m. Tuesday by Harris County sheriff's deputies and Shiloh police, Sheriff Mike Jolley said Thursday. He is being held in the Harris County Jail pending a bond hearing.

Brantley is charged with the Feb. 8 evening burglary of the Shiloh Minute Mart. Jolley said a person drove up to the front of the store, knocked out the front glass door and stole several hundred dollars worth of lottery tickets off the counter. Store surveillance photos were obtained by the sheriff's department and investigator Sgt. Chris Walden conducted a search of area Georgia Department of Corrections parolees, during which Brantley was identified as being paroled to the area. He also was identified as the same person in the surveillance photo, the sheriff said.

He was arrested Tuesday after being questioned and subsequently confessed to the Minute Mart burglary and to the June 12 burglary of D&D Grocery, Ga. 85, Waverly Hall, said Jolley. He said Brantley used the same mode to break into the Waverly Hall store and take hundreds of dollars worth of lottery tickets.

Lottery tickets were recovered from his residence that had been stolen from the Shiloh store, the sheriff said.

"He has turned in some tickets, but I don't know how much they were for," said Jolley.

A vehicle in Brantley's yard that was identified from surveillance cameras as being used in the June 12 burglary also was seized, but the sheriff said he didn't have information available about the vehicle.

"If surrounding areas have had the same types of burglaries, he would be a good suspect to be interviewed," the sheriff said.

He said Brantley had previously been jailed on theft and burglary charges.