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A Texas County man faces three felony charges after county authorities investigated a burglary at a business in Cabool.

A Texas County Sheriff’s Department deputy stated in a probable cause statement sub mitted to the county prosecutor that a concerned citizen reported on Nov. 20 that the man was seen at L & D Motors loading items onto a vehicle, and that the man was not to be on the business’ property after being fired from his employment.

The officer reported that while attempting to make contact with the man, several of the allegedly swiped items were observed in plain sight at his residence. A search warrant was obtained, and stolen goods were found at the man’s house including power tools, tires and wheels, a wood desk, an air conditioner and more.

Following the investigation, Jeffery W. Watts, 45, of 7325 Highway ZZ in Bucyrus, was arrested and is charged with second-degree burglary, receiving stolen property and unlawful possession of a firearm (all felonies). He is held in jail on $150,000 bond.

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