ALTO, TX (KTRE) - Multiple charges have been filed against the two men who allegedly broke into the B&B grocery store in Alto early Wednesday morning and stole prescription medication before area law enforcement set up a perimeter and a 2 1/2 -hour stand-off ensued.
Both men are still being held in the Cherokee County Jail. Lajarrius Exaviyon Jackson, 25, was charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, evading arrest or detention with a prior conviction, criminal mischief, burglary of a building, and making a false report to a police officer, according to a spokesman for the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office. Collectively, his bail was set at $36,000.
Keithan Wayne Jackson, 30, was charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, evading arrest or detention, criminal mischief, burglary of a building, and making a false report to a police officer. Collectively, his bail was set at $33,000.
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.