Najeen Lamont Pannell

A Commerce man has been arrested following the identification of his fingerprints at a crime scene.  

On Dec. 25, 2014, the Commerce Police Department responded to a burglary of a house in the 1800 Block of Park Street.

A Sony 32” television set was taken from the residence.

However, due to their diligence at the scene, the responding officers were able to obtain a series of latent fingerprints. Those prints were taken to the Garland Police Department to be processed through the Fingerprint Automated Identification System or “AFIS.” A Garland Forensic Investigator received a “hit” or confirmation on the fingerprints that were entered into the database identifying 45-year-old, Commerce resident Najeen Lamont Pannell as the suspect.

A warrant was issued for Mr. Pannell’s arrest. He was subsequently found, arrested for the warrant and later transported to the Hunt County Jail where he is being held on a $75,000 bond for Burglary of a Habitation.

This is a Second Degree Felony charge. The serial number of the television has been entered into the TCIC/NCIC database as stolen as it has not been recovered.

If you have purchased anything directly from an individual recently and are concerned about whether or not the items may be stolen, you are encouraged to contact the Commerce Police Department.

The Commerce Police Department thanks the efforts of the Forensic Investigators at the Garland Police Department. Without their help, solving this case may have been impossible.

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