• December 22, 2014

Habitual thief gets 25 years for crimes

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Posted: Saturday, January 11, 2014 4:30 am

GATESVILLE — A Copperas Cove man who violated his probation to steal a laptop was sentenced to 25 years in prison Friday, officials said.

Coryell County District Attorney Dusty Boyd said that Frank Hedges, 52, was sentenced to 15 years for the burglary of a habitation and was convicted and sentenced an additional 10 years because he violated his probation on a previous conviction.

Police responded to a home burglary in the 100 block of Oak Street on May 18, 2013, and stopped a gray 2007 Saturn Ion and made contact with Hedges, discovering a laptop belonging to the burglary victim in the trunk.

Last November, Hedges was jailed on $100,000 bond on charges of burglary of a habitation, burglary of a building, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and theft of a firearm.

Hedges admitted to breaking into a residence on Bluffdale Street and ripping the alarm system from the wall.

He also admitted to robbing a home on South Main Street in October after police showed him his image captured on a game camera used to videotape wildlife in the area.

He also admitted to stealing ammunition and vials of insulin that he said he sold on the street for drugs and told police that he broke into a home on South 15th Street where he slept overnight and stole property.

Hedges will be imprisoned in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

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