LIVINGSTON, TX (KTRE) - One of two people involved in a string of burglaries that occurred in Livingston back in February accepted a plea bargain deal of four years in a state jail for the four burglaries and an additional four years for a motion to revoke probation charge.
Beverly Armstrong, an assistant prosecutor with the Polk County District Attorney's Office, said Aaron James Cumbie, 27, Cleveland, accepted a plea deal of 12 months in a state jail for each of the burglary charges, along with another four year state-jail term for the motion to revoke probation charge on Friday. Armstrong said Cumbie will serve the sentences concurrently, or at the same time.
Cumbie and his accomplice Eran Michelle Ebarra, of Livingston, were arrested by Livingston Police officers on Feb. 20.
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. on Feb. 20.
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 been 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] threw a brick through the window, causing like $1,600 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. "It's 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, who was later identified as Cumbie.
An employee at Seniors Country Store barricaded Ebarra inside the business and refused to let her leave until police arrived on the scene.