LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Multiple law enforcement agencies from all across Deep East Texas are now involved in the investigation into a string of burglaries in Angelina, Jasper, Newton, Orange, Jefferson, and Hardin counties. The burglaries date back to March.
Two of the four suspects were arrested following a two-hour manhunt in Corrigan Monday. One man was found hiding in a storage facility and another was tracked down by Corrigan officers, a police dog, and Polk County Sheriff's Office deputies.
One of the remaining two suspects still at large is believed to be in the Beaumont area.
Bradison Allen Mims, 24, and Raymond Earl Robinson III, both of Beaumont, are still being held in the Polk County jail on felony charges of evading arrest and unlawful possession of a firearm. Collectively, their bond has been set at $110,000 each.
"We've confirmed that these men are suspects in two Angelina County burglaries," said Lt. Pete Maskunas of the Angelina County Sheriff's Office.
Maskunas said the modus operandi, or MO, in the two Angelina County burglaries is very similar to the suspects' MO in the other burglaries. He said the suspects in the Angelina County burglaries kicked in the doors at the two residence's and then made off with TV, guns, ammo, and jewelry.
In addition to police departments and sheriff's offices from the various counties, Maskunas said the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms has gotten involved in the investigation as well. The ACSO lieutenant said if the suspects can be connected to even a majority of the burglaries, it could clear up a lot of open cases.
Captain Bob Walker of the Jasper County Sheriff's Office said he and Sheriff Mitchell Newman have been to Polk County to interview Mims and Robinson, and they've determined that there is one other suspect in addition to the man that evaded Polk County authorities Monday. He said they plan to file seven additional burglary charges against the two men for burglaries that occurred in Jasper County.
"The suspects in our burglaries kick the doors down, and they grab big TVs, guns … anything they can get their hands on," Walker said.
The suspects may even have been involved in burglaries that occurred in southwestern Louisiana, Walker said.
The suspects in the burglaries often grab entire gun safes, Walker said. The JCSO captain said the suspects in the Jasper County burglaries have taken almost 100 weapons. He added that Hardin County authorities have indicated the suspects in their burglaries made off with approximately 300 weapons.
After the two men were apprehended in Corrigan, officers with the Corrigan Police Department found handheld radios, rifles, a pistol, gloves, and TVs in their SUV.