LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A day after, someone used a rock to break the front window of a Lufkin business and stole about $3,000 worth of merchandise Thursday, Lufkin Police officers served the arrest warrant for the crime on the suspect, who was already sitting behind bars for another crime.
Ja'Bryant O'Keith Davis, 22, of Lufkin, was already in the Angelina County Jail for an unrelated unauthorized use of a motor vehicle charge when LPD officers served the warrant on him for the smash and grab burglary at Screen Geeks that occurred at about 4 a.m. Thursday.
Davis is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on two state-jail felony charges, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and burglary of a building. Although no bail has been set for the burglary charge, his bail has been set for $25,000 for the unauthorized use of a motor vehicle charge.
According to Det. J.B. Smith, a spokesman for the Lufkin Police Department, LPD officers searched Davis' residence Friday and found a cell phone that was linked to Screen Geeks. Smith said several tips were sent in to Lufkin Crime Stoppers.
Screen Geeks is located at 2950 South Timberland Drive. According to Matt Davis, the owner of Screen Geeks, the surveillance camera footage shows a black male wearing a hoodie throwing a rock through the business' front window. Once the suspect was inside Screen Geeks, he smashed the front display case and stole brand new products.
"[There was] shattered glass everywhere," Davis said. "I actually had to climb through the window of the shop just to get in this morning."
The burglar did an estimated $800 in damage to the store and stole about $3,000 worth of merchandise.
Smith said the unauthorized use of a motor vehicle charge that has been filed against Davis is in connection to a burglary that occurred at Lightning Tire, which is located at 900 S. Timberland Drive, sometime on or before Tuesday. Four Qiye dirt bikes with an estimated total worth of $3,167 were stolen from the business.
Davis is considered a "person of interest" in the Lightning Tire burglary, Smith said.
According to a previous East Texas News story, Davis was one of two men arrested after Lufkin Police officers responded to a disturbance call at Winston Park in September of 2010. When the LPD officers arrived at the scene, they found five men near the pavilion area of the park, along with a .38-caliber handgun and several GPS receivers.
Davis was found to be carrying a .22-caliber handgun and two credit cards. Angelina County Sheriff's investigators arrived on the scene and determined the GPS receivers and credit cards had been stolen from vehicles outside the city limits.
Davis had previously been convicted of a felony offense and was arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm. He was also charged with credit card abuse and four burglary of vehicle charges.
Delanious Jacobanix Session, 19, of Lufkin, was also arrested on an outstanding municipal warrant.
According to the report, the officers received conflicting accounts concerning the gunshots, but aside from the recovered handguns, they did not locate any evidence of gunshots.
Davis has had numerous previous run-ins with law enforcement, dating back to 2008. He has previously been arrested on felony and misdemeanor charges of burglary of a building, possession of drug paraphernalia, theft, theft of a firearm, criminal trespass and evading arrest or detention with a vehicle.