TRINITY, TX (KTRE) - The Trinity Police Department is seeking an additional arrest warrant for one of the two Houston men who allegedly burglarized Lufkin's Beard's Fine Jewelers on Tuesday, along with the Lufkin Verizon store and businesses in Livingston, Crockett, Tyler, Longview, and Wichita Falls.
Trinity Police Chief Steve Jones said his department is seeking an arrest warrant for Dequan Janeiro Rodgers, 19 on a felony burglary of a building charge.
Jones said within hours of when Rodgers and Kevin Charles Wilson Jr., 26, allegedly burglarized a Radio Shack in Crockett, Rodgers broke into Trinity's J-Tech Electronics/Radio Shack store by throwing a cinder block through the glass door.
"Because ours is privately owned, it was not set up like the others," Jones said. "It appeared he was confused and ended up leaving. We don't think he took anything."
Jones said Crockett PD officers took pictures of Rodgers when they made contact with him on Sept. 17. He added that Rodgers appeared to have the same clothes on when he drove 20 miles south to burglarize the Trinity business.
"It would have been the second time he broke into the Crockett Radio Shack, but someone reported the suspicious activity," Jones said."
After the Crockett and Livingston Radio Shacks were burglarized, Jones warned the owner of the J-Tech/Radio Shack in Trinity. The TPD chief said the business owner made sure that his surveillance cameras and alarm system were both working properly.
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 a pair of suspects broke into Beard's Fine Jewelers. 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 building 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
Rodgers and Wilson are still being held in the Angelina County Jail. Each man has been charged with three state-jail felony burglary of building charges, and each man has a collective bail amount of $225,000. Additional charges could be pending.