Livingston PD: Store employee barricaded 1 of 2 crime spree suspects until police arrived

Aaron Cumbie (Source: Polk County Jail)
Aaron Cumbie (Source: Polk County Jail)
Eran Ebarra (Source: Polk County Jail)
Eran Ebarra (Source: Polk County Jail)

LIVINGSTON, TX (KTRE) - A Livingston store owner and several patrons prevented one of two suspects in a string of burglaries that occurred early Thursday morning. A Livingston Police officer caught the other suspect in a nearby wooded area.

The two suspects, Aaron James Cummie, 25, and Eran Michelle Ebarra, 27, both of Livingston, still have not been booked into the Polk County Jail. Both Cumby and Ibarra were charged with four felony counts of burglary of a building.

Lt. Matt Parrish, a spokesman for the Livingston Police Department, said that Livingston Police officers responded to a burglary alarm at the Melbo gas station located at 212 E. Church at 3:30 a.m.

"It's important to have security cameras in case something happens," store owner Sam Biswas said. "If something happens, I can not prove it, but with security camera I can prove everything for me. "

While they were there, they got a call from the Livingston Pharmacy, and the caller, who was remote viewing surveillance camera footage of the break-in, gave a description of the suspects.

However, the suspects fled the scene when the LPD officers got there. During the search for the suspects, the Livingston Police officers found a third business, Medicine Chest at 221 Eastwood Ave., that appeared to have broken into recently.

Then a fourth call came in at 6:12 a.m. in regard to glass being broken out at the Dollar General store located at 1207 N. Washington Ave. Glass in the front door was broken out, and the business was burglarized.

"I mean [they] throw a brick through the window causing like $1600 worth of damage plus they kicked in the warehouse door and that's all they ended up with some bag of chips and a Slim Jim," employee Sean Burnap said. "I [it's like] mean like a dollar item."

The fifth and final call came in a short time later. When LPD officers responded to the Seniors Country Store located at 1310 N. Houston, one of the officers saw a male suspect in a nearby wooded area and confronted the man (Cummie).

"It kind of disturbs me," Burnap said. "It makes me feel uneasy but it doesn't surprise me."

An employee at Seniors Country Store barricaded the female (Ebarra) suspect inside the business and refused to let her leave until police arrived on the scene.

The case is still under investigation, and additional charges could be pending.

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