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Jasper women alleges Sheriff's Captain tried to keep her stolen gun

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We are learning more about a Jasper County Sheriff's Captain who is under investigation. Sheriff Mitchel Newman confirmed Captain Bob Walker is on paid leave pending an internal investigation.

12News met with a Jasper County Woman who says burglars stole a weapon from her home and then when it was recovered, she says Captain Walker took it instead of processing the weapon into evidence.

She told 12News the details after agreeing not to reveal her identity.

The woman says her home was burglarized October, 25, 2013. 12 guns and other electronic items were stolen.

She says about four days later her son's youth .243 rifle was found in the woods. A deputy took the rifle for evidence. The burglary victim says she later checked to see if she could get her son's gun back, but was told the gun was going to be thrown away because it was corroded.

After much questioning and after getting the Texas Rangers involved. The woman says the gun was returned. Right now only one person who has been identified for possible wrongdoing is the Captain.

The burglary suspects have not been caught.

The burglary victim only called the Rangers after researching the Texas Code of Criminal Conduct. Chapter 47 states an officer should hold stolen property until ordered by a judge only if the owner of the property is contested or disputed.

Sheriff Newman could not comment on the investigation. The burglary victim has not hired an attorney even though several have contacted her.

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