Gilmer Police Officer Casey Driggers arrested Melvin Cazalas, who was incarcerated in the Upshur County Jail.
Police say they think Cazalas thought he was stealing copper cable, which can be sold as scrap metal.
Shreveport, La., police arrested two Gilmer men early Tuesday, after they allegedly broke into a Shreveport drug store.
According to a news release from the Shreveport Police Department, at about 1:50 a.m. Tuesday, Shreveport police patrol officers were dispatched to the Drug Emporium store in the 5800 block of East King’s Highway because of a silent alarm going off there.
Cpl. Terry Sanders observed a man running from the back of the store, and Sanders pursued him on foot. Assisted by Sgt. Wiley Lindsey, Sanders captured the man, identified as Christopher Haynes, 26.
A second suspect, Keithan Jackson, 26, was apprehended shortly afterward.
Investigation showed that the perpetrators had apparently broken into the business by knocking a large hold in the back wall of the building.
Both men were booked into the Shreveport City Jail on one count each of simple burglary of a pharmacy and resisting an officer.
Gilmer police said both men had arrest records in Upshur County.