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Transient charged with stealing officer's gun, vest, badge from truck

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office has arrested a man accused of breaking into a truck and stealing a Mont Belvieu police officer's gun, ballistic vest and badge.

At about 2 a.m. Wednesday, a man was caught on a home security video prowling around the porch of a residence in the 1500 block of South China Road. The suspect then entered into the victim's truck and stole multiple items, including a .45 caliber handgun, a ballistic vest and a Harris County Law Enforcement Agency badge. The suspect also stole a 2014 green Polaris Ranger side by side from the property. The victim posted their home security video on Facebook and provided video to Deputies.

Around 10:30 this morning, a JCSO Felony Fugitive Warrant Deputy was is in the area of East Lucas at Pittsburgh in Beaumont when he spotted the suspect standing near the intersection. The Deputy was able to positively identify the suspect as the same man from the video. The suspect was detained and identified as 41-year-old transient Robert Joseph Alderson. Alderson was in possession of the gun and badge, along with several other stolen items in a backpack.

Alderson refused to cooperate and was taken to the Jefferson County Correctional Facility where he was charged with Burglary of a Vehicle, Theft of a Firearm and Theft of Property.

Deputies are still searching for the ballistic vest and the Polaris. If you have any information as to the location of these items, call JCSO Dispatch at 409-835-8411 or Crime Stoppers at 409-833-8477. Attached is a photo of the suspect and a photo of the stolen Polaris.

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