Police Interrupt Sales of Stolen Goods
LIBERTY, July 24, 2015 – Officer Walter accompanied by Corporal Longoria of the City of Liberty Police were dispatched to the parking lot of Wal-Mart in Liberty for a possible intoxicated driver around 6:00 PM on Thursday.
Upon arrival the police noticed the trailer had no license plate, was loaded with equipment and had a flat tire. This was because the driver of the truck pulling the trailer hit a stop sign and jumped a curb with the trailer.
In questioning the two black men, one white man and a white woman in the truck pulling the trailer they learned they were from Galveston County.
Officer Walter talking to Mark Allen Ridlen of Santa Fe, TX.
Liberty Police contacted Police in Texas City and LaMarque where the suspects were from and learned that the trailer with two large industrial size mowers had been reported stolen from Texas City the same day.
There were attempting to sell the trailer and equipment stolen from Robco Facilities Serivces in Texas City to a man who they were supposed to meet at the Wal-Mart in Liberty.
The individuals gave conflicting stories about the trailer and equipment and why they were there and Officers were about to take all into custody when Mark Allen Ridlen age 47 of Santa Fe, Galveston County Texas confessed to the theft.
In patting down one of the suspects, Ricky Eugene Jackson age 55 of LaMarque, TX, Officers found a green leafy substance and he was arrested for Possession of Marijuana.
With those who were arrested was Jamie Nichole Burkhalter age 34 of LaMarque, TX and Loren Andrea Burdun age 46 of LaMarque.