Mathis burglary suspect indicted three times
by Gary Kent
Oct 17, 2013 | 401 views | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE – Grand jurors probably thought they were seeing triple when they sat down last week to review felony cases for possible indictment.

The name Joseph Rene Soto kept popping up.

The first indictment they returned on the 34-year-old defendant was on a charge of burglary of a habitation.

The offense is a second degree felony, but the charge was enhanced because Soto had a previous felony conviction.

According to investigators with the Bee County Sheriff’s Office, the 34-year-old defendant entered the home of a local resident on July 6 to steal a television.

Soto also was named in an indictment on a charge of criminal attempt.

Deputies alleged that the defendant kicked in a door, damaging a glass panel, when he tried to burglarize a home on July 18.

The third charge grand jurors saw with Soto’s name on it was for theft, enhanced to a state jail felony.

According to deputies, the Mathis resident took watches, cologne and body spray with a value of between $50 and $150 from a local store.

The first two charges were enhanced because Soto had a previous felony conviction on June 15, 2007, on a charge of burglary of a habitation in San Patricio County.

The theft charge was enhanced because Soto had two previous convictions on theft charges on July 25, 2005, and another conviction on a charge of burglary of a building on April 29, 2004. All convictions were in San Patricio County.

His bond was $3,000 on the first indictment, $1,500 on the second indictment and $750 on the third.

BCSO Investigator Steve Linam confirmed that Soto was the same defendant in each indictment.

Linam said Soto is suspected of being involved in several daylight burglaries in rural south Bee County, around Tynan and Skidmore, earlier this year.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at
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