orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

October 24, 2012

Christmas gift burglar in East Texas gets 20 years


Associated Press

LONGVIEW, Texas — An East Texas woman has received a 20-year prison sentence for a series of burglaries, including one heist of Christmas gifts set aside for foster children.

The Longview News Journal reports that Sarah Marie Adams was sentenced this week. The 47-year-old Adams received eight years for the Christmas gift burglary late last year, 10 years for burglarizing a home in May and two years for burglarizing a building in April.

Adams and a co-defendant were accused weeks before last Christmas of breaking the lock on a storage unit for the Gregg County Child Welfare Board.

Many of the Christmas gifts stolen were found in January after they had been sold.

The co-defendant, Rachel Bradley, is scheduled for trial in November.

Longview is about 125 miles east of Dallas.