LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The two men arrested following the break-in at a Lufkin jewelry store early Tuesday have now been charged in the burglary of a Livingston and Crockett store in August.
Livingston Police Lt. Matt Parish said his office interviewed Kevin Charles Wilson Jr., 26, and Dequan Janeiro Rodgers, 19, on Tuesday and gathered enough evidence to serve a warrant for burglary on them for the break-in of a Livingston Radio Shack in August. Sgt. Clayton Smith of Crockett PD said they were in the process of serving a warrant on them for the break-in of a Radio Shack there on Aug. 20.
The Houston duo was arrested early Tuesday after Beard's Fine Jewelers was broken into. Police were able to quickly view surveillance video and Diboll police stopped the suspect vehicle.
Rodgers and Wilson were each charged with an additional burglary of a habitation charge in connection to a burglary that occurred at the Verizon Store located at 2002 South First Street on Aug. 12. According to the arrest affidavit, the suspects smashed in the front door of business and stole an undisclosed number of phones from the business.
The store manager provided the Lufkin Police Department with access to video surveillance footage of the burglary. In the video, headlights could be seen pulling into the parking lot at approximately 4:43 a.m. on Aug. 12. A few seconds later, the front door shatters, and two black men entered the business through the broken front door. One man was carrying a pair of bolt cutters
After the two men in the surveillance footage went back to the office area and found that the safe was locked, one of the men grabbed three cell phones from a display case. The phones - a Samsung Galaxy Note 3, a Samsung Galaxy S5, and a Samsung Galaxy SIII - were valued at $2,100.
The LPD detective determined that the two suspects in the Verizon store burglary matched the descriptions of the two men who burglarized a Livingston Radio Shack before the Lufkin incident.
Then on Sept. 23, Lufkin Police Officers were dispatched to Lufkin's Beard's Fine Jewelers on 2002 South First Street in reference to a burglar alarm. When they arrived on the scene, they found that a burglary had taken place at the business.
A short time later, LPD got a call from the Diboll Police Department that a possible suspect vehicle had been stopped. A Lufkin Police officer went to Diboll and matched the two suspects to the surveillance footage from Beard's Fine Jewelers.
Both Rodgers and Wilson admitted to burglarizing the Verizon store, according to the affidavit.
Parish said police are interviewing another group of men who were believed to be lookouts during the Beard's burglary to determine if additional charges should be filed.
Crockett Police believe the duo broke into the Radio Shack and stole about 30 cellphones.
According to a press release, the suspects in the Crockett Radio Shack burglary backed up to the front door of the business and entered the store after they broke the glass. The suspects were in the store for approximately 1 and 12 seconds.
CPD detectives recovered a pair of bolt cutters from the scene that matched a set that was used in a Livingston burglary.
Crockett PD detectives used surveillance video from the Radio Shack burglary to match the suspects with video from other burglaries in Lufkin and Livingston. The video also provided a good description of the suspects' vehicle.
Crockett PD detectives interviewed Rodgers and Wilson at the Angelina County Jail. Both suspects allegedly admitted to breaking into the Crockett Radio Shack during the early morning hours of Aug. 20 and stealing more than 50 cell phones valued at more than $27,000.
During the interviews, both men also admitted to burglarizing stores in Lufkin, Livingston, Tyler, Longview, and Wichita Falls.
Rodgers and Wilson were charged with organized retail theft between $20,000 and $100,000 for the burglary of the Crockett Radio Shack.
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