2 burglary suspects arrested after 2 1/2-hour stand-off at Alto B&B store

Alto B&B store (Source: KTRE Staff)
Alto B&B store (Source: KTRE Staff)

ALTO, TX (KTRE) - After someone at the corporate office spotted two burglary suspects inside the Alto B&B grocery store on real-time surveillance video early Wednesday morning, a stand-off ensued after a police officer caught one man coming out of a hole in the building and both men fled back into the store.

"Brookshire Brothers is grateful this morning to Alto area law enforcement agencies," said Sally Alvis, a spokeswoman for Brookshire Brothers, which owns the B&B store in Alto. "Brookshire Brothers would like to thank the Alto Police Department, the Alto Fire Department, the Texas Department of Public Safety, and the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office for protecting our store and our community."

Alto Police Chief Jeremy Jackson said that at approximately 2:50 a.m. Wednesday, they received a phone call from the Brookshire Brothers corporate office. The call said there was two suspects inside the B&B store on U.S. 69 and that the people at the corporate office were monitoring things real-time via surveillance cameras.

The suspects allegedly stole prescription medications while they were inside the store.

Jackson said when one of his officers arrived on the scene, the officer made contact with one of the suspects as he was coming out of a hole the two men had allegedly cut into the back of the building. Both suspects fled back into the building.

Somehow, the two suspects gained access to the store's roof, and waited there as Alto Police officers and firefighters, Cherokee County Sheriff's deputies set up a perimeter around the business. Jackson said a DPS search and rescue team with SWAT training arrived on the scene a short time later.

Law enforcement officials made contact with the suspects by having one man's girlfriend call him on the cell phone. Two-and-a-half hours later, a DPS negotiator convinced the two suspects to surrender, and they were taken into custody without further incident, Jackson said.

The two suspects, Lajarrius Jackson and Keithan Jackson, are still being held in the Cherokee County Jail. No information was available on their charges or bail amounts.

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