by Walker County Sheriff’s Office
On Monday, January 23, 2017 the Walker County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a burglary call off of FM 980 East. The complainant stated that an unknown suspect had entered her property and taken a couple of small tools along with camping items from a storage building on the property. While the Sheriff’s Office continued the investigation, the complainant also reported that there were personal items missing from inside the residence as well.
On Friday, January 27, 2017 an alert citizen reported an unknown white passenger car at a residence. With this information Detective T Bean with the WCSO was able to identify Tommy Niderhofer as the occupant of the vehicle. After further investigation, the Sheriff’s Office found that Niderhofer had pawned and/or sold multiple items that were stolen in the January 23rd burglary including items that had the victims’ names engraved on them.
On Friday, February 3rd the WCSO obtained an arrest warrant for Tommy Niderhofer after recovering approximately $2,000 worth of property that was stolen and had been pawned and/or sold by Niderhofer. Tommy Niderhofer is currently being held at the Walker County Jail on a $100,000 bond.
Sheriff McRae would like to commend the citizen that reported the suspicious activity that resulted in the arrest of this person, and would also like to remind others that if you see something suspicious please report it immediately.