2 Arrested and 1 at Large in Organized Criminal Activity

DAISETTA, June 23, 2017 - On May 30, 2017, immediately following the Memorial Day weekend, the Daisetta Police Department began an investigation into multiple burglaries of motor vehicles and a burglary of a building.

Rebecca Mouser reported that sometime during the early morning hours of 05/30/2017, an unknown person or persons had entered her vehicle, which was parked in her driveway located at 203 East Oak Street in Daisetta, without consent. Mouser reported that her purse, containing personal identification, credit and debit cards, gift cards, medication and approximately $200.00 in cash had been taken.

Immediately following that report, Lisa Brown, of 122 West Pine Street in Daisetta, filed a report almost identical to Mouser's, stating that her vehicle was also entered without consent and her wallet, containing personal information and approximately $20.00 cash had been taken.

Chief Mike Parrish then met with Dennie Howell Sr who reported that his rental storage building, Howell's Storage, located at 409 Main Street in Daisetta, had been burglarized. Howell reported that the lock had been cut from a garage door, an unknown person or persons had entered the building and stolen a new Mech Power twin tank 2.5 HP air compressor. It appeared that while the actor(s) had made entry through the front garage door, the building was exited through a rear window.

On 06/01/2017, the police department received an additional report of a motor vehicle burglary that had occurred at the residence of Cody Cunningham located at 511 Bobcat Lane in Daisetta. Cunningham reported that his wallet and key fob had been taken and was discovered missing on 05/30/2017.

As the investigation progressed, Chief Parrish developed the first suspect whom has been identified as being 17-year-old W/M Morgan Lance Denny of 113 Elm Street in Daisetta. Denny was arrested on a traffic charge for driving with no driver's license on 06/01/2017 which subsequently led to the department obtaining information in regard to the burglary of Howell's Storage Building.

Parrish learned the locations of three separate residences where the stolen air compressor had been during the morning hours of 05/29/2017. Two attempts were made to sell the air compressor at the first two residences and the occupants of the third residence actually purchased the air compressor and then returned it to the owner on the day after it was purchased. 73-year-old Patricia Fingleman, of 501 Utah Street in Daisetta, identified two white males who sold the air compressor to her and her husband. Those people were 22-year-old Dustin Kyle Rhoades of 192 County Road 2001 in Liberty and 19-year-old Cody Bryan-Scott Howell of 206 FM Hwy 834 in Daisetta.
On 06/08/2017, Parrish recovered a tan Fossil purse, believed to belong to Rebecca Mouser, at the residence of Morgan Denny. The purse contained evidence involved in two known motor vehicle burglaries as well as possible evidence of a burglary that had not yet been reported. The purse contained the driver's licenses, debit cards, and credit cards of Cunningham and Mouser as well as the driver's license and debit cards of Ashley Phelan whom resides at 505 Bobcat Lane in Daisetta. Chief Parrish contacted Phelan who reported that she thought she had lost her wallet somewhere therefore she didn't file a report. Phelan resides in close proximity to Cunningham and it was believed that Phelan's burglary occurred either just before or just after Cunningham's burglary.
As a result of the investigation, Chief Parrish presented probable cause affidavits to the Office of Liberty County Precinct #2 Justice of the Peace, Judge Ronnie Davis, charging Dustin Kyle Rhoades, Morgan Lance Denny and Cody Bryan-Scott Howell with Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, a third degree felony. Judge Davis issued warrants of arrest for all three individuals.

Rhoades, who was arrested in regard to outstanding traffic warrants on 06/15/2017 by Daisetta Police Officer Mike Leffew, was served with the felony warrant while incarcerated, on 06/19/2017. Rhoades remains incarcertated with a $20,000.00 bond. Charges are pending further investigation in regard to additional burglaries and/or thefts believed to have occurred within Daisetta, Liberty and Liberty County. Rhoades was on parole at the time of his arrest.

Denny was located at his residence and arrested on 06/21/2017. He remains in the Liberty County Jail with a $20,000.00 bond with further charges pending in regard to four burgalries of motor vehicles and an additional theft all reported to have occurred in Daisetta. Additional charges may be filed, pending further investigation, for additional motor vehicle burglaries occurring in Liberty.

Howell remains at large and is wanted on a Daisetta Police Department charge of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity. Howell is also wanted in connection with a Galvestion County narcotics charge. Additional charges in regard to motor vehicle burglaries reported in Daisetta and in Liberty are pending further investigation.

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