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Jacksonville police make arrest in Corner Store burglary case

JACKSONVILLE, July 30,. 2013--On July 27, at approximately 1:56 a.m., Cherokee County Deputies responded to an alarm at The Corner Store, located at the intersection of FM-747S, and County Road 3119, near Lake Jacksonville.

Upon arrival, Deputies observed that the front door glass of the store had been shattered. Deputies made entry to the store and verified the suspect was no longer on scene.

When the store owner arrived at approximately 2:45 a.m., surveillance video footage was viewed.  A suspect and vehicle description were obtained and broadcast to the surrounding Law Enforcement Agencies.  In addition to the description of the suspect, the Investigator on scene discovered that the suspect ran into the door and had possibly suffered a cut to his head or face when leaving through the shattered glass door. DNA was collected at the scene.

At approximately 3:30 a.m., Jacksonville PD located and stopped a vehicle matching the description of the suspect’s vehicle. Deputies arrived at their location and confirmed the vehicle and suspect as matching what was observed on the video. Deputies also observed a laceration to the top of the suspect’s head, which investigators believe will be consistent with the evidence collected at the scene.

Derick Joe Dale Kemp was arrested at that time, his vehicle towed, and he was transported to Cherokee County Jail where he was interviewed.  During the interview, Kemp admitted to having broken into The Corner Store, but denied any involvement with other burglaries in the area since he moved to Jacksonville, from the Houston area, approximately 8 days earlier.

Kemp was arraigned for one count of Burglary of a Building by Justice of the Peace, Pct 1, Judge Brenda Dominy.  Bond was set at $10,000 for the charge, which is a State Jail Felony.

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