Three people charged with theft Monday morning from a Sycamore Street home in Smith County are behind bars today.
Natalie Willars, 24, and Johnathon Ballesteros, 22, have been charged with burglary of habitation and are each being held on a $35,000 bond. Ballesteros was arrested previously in February for criminal trespassing by Tyler Police Department. Steven Silva, 22, has been charged with burglary of habitation and evading arrest and is being held on a $40,000 bond. Silva served time in 2009 for burglary of habitation and again in 2012 for theft, parole violation and evading arrest.
At approximately 9:40 a.m. Monday, April 21, 2014, the Smith County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a burglary of a habitation in progress in the 11000 block of Sycamore Street in western Smith County. While patrol deputies were en route, the homeowner returned home to find the suspects leaving her residence. The suspects fled in a black pickup truck and were pursued by the deputies.
When the pickup truck stopped in the 12000 block of Highway 64W, one of the passengers, identified as Silva, fled on foot into a nearby wooded area. A second deputy chased Silva on foot and apprehended him. The first deputy stayed with the vehicle apprehending the remaining two suspects, Willars and Ballesteros. A 4-year-old passenger, identified as a relative of Willars, was released to his mother. Numerous additional sheriff’s office personnel responded to assist. Items taken from the residence were recovered from the fleeing vehicle.