Daisetta Burglars Arrested

DAISETTA, August 27, 2014 - On Tuesday, 08/19/2014, at approximately 2:45 PM, Chief Mike Parrish and Officer Terry Cosgrove of the Daisetta Police Department responded to the Hull-Daisetta High School located at 117 North Main Street in the City of Daisetta in reference to the burglary of a building.

Upon arrival, the officers met with HD-ISD Superintendent Mary Huckabay who stated that sometime during the late night hours of Monday, 08/18/2014, or the early morning hours of Tuesday, 08/19/2014, someone had forced entry into the HD-ISD Athletics Department by removing an exterior door knob. Huckabay reported that the unknown actor(s) involved had apparently stolen several items from the school. Among the items listed were two cans of spray paint, one red and one white, which was apparently used to spray paint obscenities upon the exterior walls of the visitor's ticket booth at the football field. The only other item believed to be missing, at that time, was a pair of prescription Rayban glasses.

On Tuesday, 08/19/2014, at approximately 7:12 PM, Chief Mike Parrish responded to the Daisetta United Pentecostal Church, located at 505 Utah Street in the City of Daisetta where he met with Pastor Lonnie Jordan in reference to vandalism. Pastor Jordan explained that some unknown actor(s) had attempted to gain entry to the electrical room, located on the south side of the building but, apparently, even though the door sustained a large amount of damage, the actor(s) was unable to successfully gain entry to the building. Pastor Jordan surmised that he believed that the person(s) responsible may have thought that if they could gain entry through the electrical room they may then be able to make entry to the sanctuary itself. The damage to the electrical room door was later estimated at approximately $345.00.

Utilizing tips from confidential sources, who initially contacted the Liberty County Sheriff's Office with recovered property on Saturday 08/23/2014, the Daisetta Police Department was able to identify a suspect in the HD-ISD burglary case but the investigating officers believed that, due to the time frame involved in the reporting of these two separate offenses, both the HD-ISD burglary and the Daisetta United Pentecostal Church were most likely linked. Liberty County Sheriff's Office released the recovered property which included a JVC Video Camera and a Dell Computer, a backpack, a toolbox, ankle braces, Gatorade sports bottles, a football and other assorted items such as tools and athletic tape to Officer Terry Cosgrove on Monday, 08/25/2014. Officer Cosgrove examined the property and discovered a suspicious photograph on the JVC Video Camera which appeared to resemble the identified suspect. This photograph was seized as evidence.

On Tuesday, 08/26/2014, Officer Cosgrove and Chief Parrish interviewed 18-year-old Spencer Lee Curtis Moss of 681 CR 2185, Cleveland, Texas and that interview led the officers to conduct an interview with a second suspect who was identified as 17-year-old Jacobe Dehvin Israel Fleetwood of 604 East Pine Street, Daisetta, Texas. During the interviews, both suspects informed the officers that they (along with a 14-year-old Juvenile Suspect) entered the school between the hours of 3:30 AM and 4:00 AM on Tuesday, 08/19/2014. They further conveyed that the three of them had also gained entry to the HD-ISD Auditorium where they located and removed the camera and the computer. Although it has not been confirmed, the suspects stated that the auditorium was unsecured and no forced entry was made into that building. During the Fleetwood interview, Officer Cosgrove escorted Fleetwood to his residence at 604 East Pine Street where additional property was voluntarily released into her possession. Both suspects gave written and audio recorded statements which were basically confessions to both the burglary of the school and the vandalism of the church.

Lee Curtis Moss
Jacobe Dehvin Israel Fleetwood

Upon the completion of the interviews, Parrish and Cosgrove submitted probable cause affidavits to Liberty County Justice of the Peace Precinct #2 Ronnie Davis which charged each defendant, Moss and Fleetwood, with Burglary of a Building (HD-ISD), a State Jail Felony, and Criminal Mischief greater than or equal to $50 but less than $500 (Daisetta United Pentecostal Church), a Class B Misdemeanor. Judge Davis issued warrants for the arrest of Moss and Fleetwood who were then taken into custody and transported to the Liberty County Jail.

The juvenile suspect is expected to be charged later this week while Moss and Fleetwood remain incarcerated in Liberty County Jail both with $10,000 bonds in regard to the Burglary of a Building charges and $1,500 bonds in regard to the Criminal Mischief charges.


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