Suspects Apprehended in Radio Shack Burglary
LIBERTY, August 16, 2012 - Officer Frank Longoria while on patrol shortly before 2:30 AM on Thursday noticed a white, Jeep Cherokee parked in the grassy area behind the Grace Church on the SH 146 Bypass in Liberty.
Almost at the same time the City of Liberty Police Department was notified of a security alarm sounding at the Radio Shack on the South side of the Wal-Mart Shopping Center.
According to early reports suspects fled from the Jeep when Officer Longoria approached and ran on foot into the wooded area behind the church on the property adjacent to the south side of the Wal-Mart parking lot. According to public records the Jeep, Texas License Number CL5 X713, is registered to Jovada Jeanette Bizor age 27 of the 600 block of Wood Mist Drive in Northshore off Maxey Road between US 90 and I-10 East.
The City of Liberty Fire Department was dispatched with thermal imaging cameras used to comb the wooded area looking for signs of the suspects.
Units responded from different agencies to assist in the search and apprehension of the fleeing suspects and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice dispatched tracking dogs to assist in the search.
Around 4:29 AM the Dayton Police Department stopped and detained two black males on foot in the River Bottom on US 90 thought to be connected to the burglary of the store.
The search continued for additional suspects in this burglary.
According to the owner of the Radio Shack who was on the scene early this morning, the burglars made entry into the store by breaking a lower, glass window in the storefront and then exited the store through a rear entrance facing the parking lot of the Grace Church.
The items stolen from the store consisted mostly of high-end consumer electronics most if not all of which were found in the Jeep recovered by authorities at the church and whose value was roughly estimated at $2,000 to $3,000 dollars according to the store owner.
Two remaining suspects were apprehended just before 7:00 AM Thursday as the result of Texas Department of Criminal Justice tracking dogs.
According to Warden David Blackwell of the Hightower Prison Unit in Dayton his personnel and tracking dogs, who had remained in the search throughout the night, tracked the two remaining suspects from the woods, across Lakeland Drive to the Jack-in-the-Box Restaurant on North Main Street where a citizen notified Sgt. Hill that two men were in the restaurant looking for a vehicle. Officers were notified and went into the restaurant finding them hiding in the women’s restroom where they were taken into custody.
At press time investigators and law enforcement officers are still gathering evidence, interviewing the suspects, confirming identities of the suspects and working this breaking investigation.
Check back later for an update to this story.
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