NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office arrested two sisters and one of their boyfriends Monday in connection to an ongoing investigation into possible organized crime ring that involved burglaries and drugs.
A fourth suspect, another of the sisters' boyfriends, was arrested on a burglary charge late last week. All four arrests were in connection to a March 30 burglary of a storage building located in the 200 block County Road 716. The suspects allegedly stole a chainsaw, a compound bow, and extension cords.
Arrested were Ariana Renea Cary, 21, Krista Cary, 17, and Daniel Wayne Henson, 20, all of Nacogdoches. All three of the suspects were charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, which is a third-degree felony. Anthony-Paul Fenton, 21, of Nacogdoches, was arrested on two felony burglary of a building charges late last week.
According to the arrest affidavit for Henson, an NCSO deputy took a report about someone burglarizing a storage building on CR 716 April 4. He learned that someone had taken a Stihl chainsaw from the building without permission.
The complainant told the deputy that he had set up a game camera in an effort to catch the alleged thieves. When the deputy reviewed the photos from the camera, he was able to obtain a license plate number. A computer search revealed that the vehicle belonged to a resident of a home in the 2100 block of CR 711.
The deputy went to the residence and found that the vehicle was operated by one of the suspects and her boyfriend, Anthony-Paul Fenton. When the deputy tried to make contact with Fenton, the man allegedly fled into the woods behind the home, the affidavit stated.
A search of the woods behind the house turned up the stolen chainsaw, and Fenton was found a short time later. Reportedly, Fenton confessed to taking the chainsaw and a compound bow from the storage building.
Later, Fenton also allegedly admitted to stealing extension cords. The suspect reportedly told authorities that his girlfriend, her sister, and the sister's boyfriend assisted in the burglary. According to the arrest affidavit, the two sisters served as lookouts while the two men entered the building and took the property.
The three arrests Monday were the latest in a string of connected arrests by the NCSO. In all, the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office has arrested a total of 15 suspects as part of an ongoing investigation into a possible organized crime ring. In the process, they have also seized a large amount of methamphetamine and have recovered about $10,000 in stolen property.
According to a previous story, the investigation started on April 2, when NCSO investigators started looking into a string of burglaries that occurred in Nacogdoches County. Their primary focus was the more recent burglaries that occurred in the Melrose area.
Bridges said the Nacogdoches County District Attorney's Office has been working closely with the NCSO in working toward a possible organized criminal activity case.