On Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at approximately 9:00a.m., Detective Stephen Cole of the Walker County Sheriff’s Office and Constable Gene Bartee responded to the Emerald Woods Subdivision in New Waverly, Texas, in regards to a Burglary of a Habitation. After further investigation information was developed in regards to a possible suspect, who resided in the neighborhood. Constable Gene Bartee and Detective Stephen Cole met with this individual, Braiden Barge, 21, of New Waverly, Texas. After locating property belonging to the victims of the burglary in his attic, Braiden Barge then advised he had other stolen property stored at a location on Williams Road in New Waverly, Texas.
While at this location a lunch kit, which contained several old coins, was recovered. Also located were several firearms, all taken from the burglary in the Emerald Wood Subdivision. While at this location three other individuals, Emmanuel Harrison, 22, Garth Wheat, 20, and Michael Singleton, 19, all of New Waverly, Texas, were developed as suspects. After these individuals were interviewed they all confessed to their involvement in the burglary. Braiden Barge, Garth Wheat, and Emanuel Harrison were4 charged with Burglary of a Habitation, a felony 2 offense, and Michael Singleton was charged with Theft of Firearm, a state jail felony offense. This case is still on-going and other persons of interest are being sought.