DIBOLL, TX (KTRE) - Diboll police have taken one man suspected of evading officers on a traffic stop into custody. Later, they learned the man is a suspect in several home and vehicle burglaries that have occurred in the Diboll area.
According to Chief Ricky Conner, Ivy was taken into custody around 3:15 p.m. Wednesday.
Conner said officers received a call of a reckless driver on Tuesday at 12:43 a.m. Officers tried to make a traffic stop on a tan Toyota Camry and the driver would not stop. Officers pursued the vehicle on FM 2497 and then on FM 304.
Conner said the pursuit ended on Pine Valley Road, where the suspect, who was later identified as Ivy, fled on foot.
Around 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, a car burglary was reported on Holubec Street and another a house burglary was reported on Hendrix Street about an hour later, Conner said.
Later, the Diboll Police Department learned that at approximately 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, one of the suspects went to a house on Ryan Chapel Road and into a garage. The homeowner asked him to leave and the suspect then left walking north on Ryan Chapel Road, Conner said.
In addition, Diboll PD received a report at approximately 10:45 a.m. Wednesday morning that a home on FM 2497 had been burglarized.
Conner said they called in Kevin Pierce, a law enforcement investigator for the Texas A&M Forest Service. Pierce and his K-9 went to the car Ivy had been in to pick up his scent. At that point, they went out to the home on FM 2497, so the dog could track Ivy.
While Pierce and other law enforcement officers were at the home, Ivy left a nearby house. Conner said that was when they chased Ivy down and captured him.
Currently, Ivy is facing at least four burglary charges - three in Angelina County and one in Diboll. In addition, he is wanted for questioning about burglaries that occurred in Kaufman County. Whether or not Ivy is extradited back to Kaufman County will be up to officials in that county, Conner said.
The Diboll Police chief said he thinks Ivy was in this area because he was on his way to Houston to sell stolen belongings.
Originally, investigators thought there might have been another man involved, based on information DPD officers found in Ivy's car. However, Conner said Ivy was the only one who fled from the attempted traffic stop.