Little information is being released about a burglary that recently occurred at the evidence room of the Kirbyville Police Department. However, documents obtained from the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department and Jasper County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Ronnie Billingsly on Tuesday have confirmed that a former Jasper policeman has been charged with the crime.
Kirbyville Police Chief Paul Brister said Tuesday that upon learning of the called on the Texas Rangers to come in and investigate the burglary and that he had been instructed by the Ranger investigating the incident not to discuss the details of the case or the investigation. However, the probable cause statement, which was used to obtain a warrant for the suspect has named Chief Brister’s son, Sam Paul Brister as the man accused of breaking into the closet, which contained evidence from various crimes investigated by the department. However, the statement, does not list specifics of what was stolen or removed, but states that the theft was discovered on May 5th.
Records show that Sam Brister was booked into the Jasper County Jail on May 8th and was charged with Burglary of a Building and his bond was set at $10,000.00. However, he was later released after making arrangements to post bail.
Sam Brister, 39, worked as a patrol officer for the Jasper Police Department from June of 2001 until December 2009.
Chief Brister said that upon discovering the burglary, he called on the Texas Rangers to come in an investigate the incident. Records show that the Jasper County Sheriff's Department was also notified of the incident.