ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office have charged the third of three suspects Tuesday in a string of vehicle burglaries that occurred in the county in late November.
Ja'Kouis Dajuan, 19, of Lufkin, was arrested Monday and charged with state-jail felony engaging in organized criminal activity. No bail amount has been set yet.
Quincy Devante Ivey, 20, Lufkin, was arrested and charged with state-jail felony engaging in organized criminal activity on Dec. 23. He posted bail and was released from the Angelina County Jail on Dec. 24.
Chadwick O'Brian Garrett, 19, of Lufkin was arrested on Dec. 3 and charged with five felonies - possession of a controlled substance between 4 and 200 grams, possession of a controlled substance between 28 and 200 grams, theft of a firearm, theft of property between $1,500 and $20,000 - and two misdemeanors - burglary of a vehicle and failure to identify.
Garrett was released from the county jail on Dec. 21 after he posted a bail amount of $26,500.
According to the arrest affidavit, the string of car burglaries Ivey, Garrett, and another man were involved in occurred at 2490 Old Ewing Road, 329 Redd Road, 715 Garrison Road, 784 Veteto Road, 912 Selman Road, and numerous other addresses.
The investigation got started when the sheriff's office received information from an employee at East Texas Pawn on Nov. 28 about possible stolen merchandise. The employee said on that day Ivey and Garrett came into the pawn shop and tried to sell a Striker 380 Bow Tech crossbow, the affidavit stated.
Earlier that day, a man filed a report with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office that stated that someone had gotten into his unlocked pickup and stolen a Striker 380 Bow Tech, the affidavit stated.
When the employee declined the transaction and confronted the two men about the possibly stolen crossbow, they allegedly left in a white 2013 Buick Regal.
According to the arrest affidavit, there were approximately 19 vehicle burglaries that occurred between Nov. 27 and Dec. 2 in Angelina County. With each crime, the suspect or suspects entered unlocked vehicles in the late night or early morning hours.
On Nov. 30, an ACSO patrol deputy responded to a 911 call about a vehicle that had just been burglarized at a home in the 600 block of Jim Finley Loop. While he was on the way to that location, the deputy spotted the same white 2013 Buick Regal that was seen leaving the pawn shop, the affidavit stated.
The deputy determined that Ivey, the driver, had an outstanding warrant for theft, and Hawkins, the passenger, had outstanding traffic warrants from the Lufkin Police Department, according to the affidavit. Both men were arrested and taken to the county jail.
About that time, the sheriff's office received a report of another car burglary that occurred in the same area. The alleged victim told deputies that someone had taken a Victoria's Secret bag containing women's clothes, a pair of women's boots, and a pair of women's high heels from her SUV. The deputies at the scene where Ivey's car was stopped could plainly see those same items in the white Buick regal, the affidavit stated.
When an ACSO deputy interviewed Ivey, he denied trying to sell the crossbow at the pawn shop, the affidavit stated. However, further investigation revealed that Garrett was the other suspect at the pawn shop. After ACSO detectives got a warrant to search Ivey's car, he was interviewed a second time, and he said that he had only given Garrett a ride to the pawn shop and, at the time, didn't know the crossbow was stolen.
The search of Ivey's car revealed the Victoria's Secret bag that had been stolen from the woman's SUV, and the bag contained a receipt that showed the items were purchased with the woman's credit card, the affidavit stated. In addition, the search allegedly turned up a black crossbow bolt that matched the description of those stolen with the crossbow.
During an interview, Hawkins told an ACSO investigator that he had bought the Victoria's Secret bag from Garrett and Ivey for $100 and that the items were for his girlfriend, the affidavit stated. Ivey also allegedly claimed that the Victoria's Secret bag was his and stated it was for his mother.
When Garrett was arrested on Dec. 2, the detective found him with a gun that had been stolen in Brazos County. Further investigation revealed that the gun had gone missing during a string of 12 car burglaries that occurred in Brazos County in August. According to the affidavit, the gun's holster was found in Ivey's car.