|Brookshire Brothers Burglarized Early Monday Morning
LIBERTY, February 20, 2012 - The City of Liberty Police Department with the aid of surveillance equipment was notified of a burglary in progress at the Brookshire Brothers Store on North Main in Liberty at 1:58 AM on Monday morning.
Information given to police included the fact that there were multiple suspects engaged in the burglary and identified the vehicle they were driving as a mini van.
Officer Cedric McDuffy of the City of Liberty Police Department pulled up in the Brookshire Brothers Parking lot as the suspects were fleeing the store.
The suspects traveling in the mini van fled from police at over 100 miles per hour west on US 90, through Dayton from Liberty and all the way to the first exit on US 90 west of FM 2100 in Crosby as Officer McDuffie and others gave chase. The pursuit would have lasted longer but a Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy deployed spikes in the roadway that disable one of the tires on the vehicle forcing it to stop.
Both Officer McDuffie and Officer Elizabeth Polasek pursued the vehicle assisted by LCSO Deputies, Harris County Deputies and Harris County Pct. 3 Deputy Constables.
According to Officer McDuffie as the fleeing mini van came to a stop three suspects jumped out and fled into the woods. The driver was identified as Ronald Wayne Harvey, Jr. a black male age 35 with a Houston address. He is being charged with Burglary of a Building and Felony Evading Arrest and Detention. Harvey came from New Orleans to the Houston area as part of the Hurricane Katrina evacuation according to police.
Harris County Law Enforcement called out tracking dogs to pursue the suspects into the woods near the San Jacinto River Bottom west of Crosby. At press time early Monday morning they remain on the loose.
According to Police the mini van the suspects used in the burglary was a new rental vehicle that still had it’s paper tags.
At around 3:55 AM on Monday investigators and officers were on the scene at the Brookshire Brothers making sure there was no one left in the store and processing the scene for evidence in the case.
According to investigators the burglary suspects made a forced entry through the front door of the store and were in the store only a short time.
Cigarettes were taken from the store in the burglary and the suspects were in the pharmacy when Office McDuffie was pulling up which caused them to flee.
According to Investigator Chip Fairchild other Brookshire Brothers Stores have been the victim of similar burglaries targeting the theft of cigarettes and the pharmacy departments in those stores.