Deputies arrest suspect for 20 burglaries

January 20, 2009 2:49:59 PM PST
Authorities have arrested a man they say could be responsible for at least 20 burglary cases in Fort Bend County.[SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

It all started on Monday, January 12, when a Fort Bend County Sheriff's deputy pulled over Matthew O'Neal Rees, 26, on a traffic stop near Clover Ranch Drive and Greenbusch Road. Rees, of Katy, was determined to have an outstanding warrant through the City of Rosenberg for a Class A Theft, $1,000 bond. Rees was taken into custody for that warrant and searching his vehicle, deputies discovered mail, bank deposit slips, radar detectors, several checkbooks, an undisclosed amount of cash, and an iPod.

Rees posted his $1,000 bond and was released from the Fort Bend County Jail. But the next day, Tuesday, January 13, he was stopped by Katy police who responded to a report of a possible DWI. Katy police arrested Rees on their two city traffic warrants and also notified Fort Bend County detectives of property they recovered from his vehicle, which was confirmed as property that had been reported stolen from vehicles. Ft. Bend detectives contacted the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole and obtained a parole violation warrant. Rees is now held in the Fort Bend County jail for parole violation, with no bond.

On Wednesday, January 14, a search was conducted at Rees' home on Lakeview Road. Deputies reportedly recovered a substantial amount of stolen property.

With the arrest of Rees along with the recovered stolen property, the Fort Bend County Sheriff's office will clear approximately 20 burglary cases that occurred in and around the areas of the Katy Creek Ranch and Parkway Oaks Subdivisions.

Rees remains in the Fort Bend County Jail and faces numerous charges for burglary. Detectives continue to investigate these cases, all of which will be referred to the Fort Bend District Attorney's Office.

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