At least two people have been arrested in connection with burgling Houston mayoral candidate Tony Buzbee’s mansion and stealing several million dollars worth of art and watches, according to court documents.
Nicholas Johnson, 36, was arrested Wednesday and charged with theft, while a second suspect, Julian Franklin, 33, was arrested Tuesday and charged with burglary of a habitation, court records show.
Both men are accused in the Feb. 4 break-in after a Super Bowl party Buzbee hosted at his River Oaks estate.
Stolen from the home was six pieces of art, two computers, two guns, a ring and 30 watches, according to a probable cause document for Johnson’s arrest. The stolen goods were worth more than $5 million, documents show.
Late on Thursday, Buzbee said he learned of the busts from Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo and the detective handling the investigation.
The millionaire lawyer issued a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and a woman texted him with a tip saying she knew the two other suspects. The unidentified woman was also arrested on an unrelated warrant, Buzbee said in a text message.
“That’s what (led) to these three arrests, I’m told,” Buzbee said.
He said all three people were blood gang members.
“I am glad the police and the lead detective worked so hard on this,” the mayoral hopeful said.“They have more work to do. Hoping I get some of my stuff back, especially my Aggie ring.”
Johnson was on deferred adjudication for drug possession at the time of his arrest. He was denied bail.
After the theft, Buzbee said in a Facebook post that he armed himself with a gun and confronted the burglars. The weapon misfired, he said.
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