LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Lufkin Police Department arrested a third suspect Wednesday in a series of burglaries that occurred off of FM 326 in the Bald Hill area of Angelina County in late 2015.
During the burglaries, rifles, shotguns, handguns, electronic devices, TVs, and cash were allegedly taken from the homes.
Terry Bellini Barlow, 24, of Lufkin is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on two second-degree felony engaging in organized criminal activity charges, seven second-degree felony burglary of a habitation charges, a state-jail felony theft of a firearm charge, and a misdemeanor contempt of court charge. Collectively, his bail has been set at $51,500.
The other suspects, who were both arrested in December 2015, are still being held in the Angelina County Jail.
Willie Bernard Ash "Poo Bear" Jefferson, of Lufkin, is being held on a first-degree felony engaging in organized criminal act, four second-degree burglary of a habitation charges, and a state-jail felony theft of a firearm charge. Collectively, his bail has been set at $110,000 for three of the charges.
Joshua Aron Driver, 19, of Lufkin, is being held on a first-degree felony engaging in organized criminal act, four second-degree burglary of a habitation charges, and a state-jail felony theft of a firearm charge. Collectively, his bail has been set at $60,000 for two of the charges.
On Dec. 30, 2015, deputies with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office arrested Jefferson in connection to the string of burglaries in the FM 326 area. After further investigation, ACSO deputies also arrested Driver, who is suspected of assisting in at least one of the burglaries.
According to the arrest affidavit, an ACSO detective spoke to a deputy who responded to a 911 call about a burglary that occurred at a home in the 9800 block of FM 326 Monday. When he arrived at the scene, the deputy talked to complainant, who said that when he got home, he found a man standing in his driveway.
The home owner asked the man what he was doing on his property and told him that he was going to call law enforcement, the affidavit stated. The man said the suspect then got into a silver Nissan four-door car with two other men and sped away, the affidavit stated. The complainant also managed to get the car's license plate number.
When the home owner went to check out the back of his house, he saw that a rock had been thrown through a window. However, it didn't look like anything was missing.
The deputy then responded to a report of a burglary that occurred at a neighboring house. According to the affidavit, the complainant in that burglary said that someone had broken into his house, caused a lot of damage, and stole numerous items, including a Springfield XD .45-caliber pistol, a Remington 870 shotgun, a Remington 7 mm rifle with a scope, a Toshiba laptop computer, and other items.
After the ACSO called in the vehicle description and license plate number, a Lufkin Police detective located the car at a house in the 200 block of Broaddus Street. The ACSO deputy went to the location and noticed the Toshiba laptop and other items that were reported stolen from one of the houses on FM 326 were in plain view in the car's back seat, the affidavit stated.
Further investigation revealed that the car had been stolen out of Houston and that Jefferson was the person that had been driving the car, the affidavit stated. In addition, the ACSO detective found physical evidence that linked Jefferson to the car.
Later on Monday, ACSO detectives got a warrant to search the Nissan and the house in the 200 block of Broaddus Street. When the car was searched on Tuesday, ACSO detectives found several items reported stolen from the second house on FM 326 in the trunk. They included a Springfield XD .45-caliber pistol, a Remington 870 shotgun, a Remington 7mm scoped rifle, and other item, according to the affidavit. In addition, the serial numbers on many of the items matched those provided by the victim.
Then the ACSO detective prepared a photo lineup that included a picture of Jefferson, and the man who found a suspicious person in his driveway was able to identify him as the same man and the driver of the Nissan, the affidavit stated.
On a related note, an ACSO took a report of another burglary that occurred a home in the 100 block of Cotton Thompson Road on Monday. The complainant said that someone had broken into his house and stolen numerous items, including a WWII-era M-1 carbine rifle, a 55-inch flat screen TV, and a large amount of change and $5 bills. The carbine and a large amount of loose change were also found in the stolen Nissan, the affidavit stated.
Jefferson was arrested and initially charged with just one burglary of a habitation charge on Dec. 30, 2015. Before he was booked into the county jail, Jefferson spoke to an ACSO lieutenant and allegedly confessed to being involved in five burglaries in Angelina County. According to the affidavit, Jefferson also said that Driver assisted him in the burglaries.
According to the arrest affidavit, the two men both identified Barlow as the third suspect in the burglaries.
ACSO detectives also located additional property stolen in the four burglaries that occurred Monday. The affidavit stated that the additional property had been abandoned when the suspect or suspects were fleeing from a pursuing witness.
"Deputies and detectives of the Angelina County Sheriff's Office are continuing investigate," Sanches said back in December of 2015. "Homeowners are encouraged to remain vigilant and to take immediate measures to record the serial numbers of all their valuables. Having serial numbers and descriptions of personal items are the most critical factors in aiding law enforcement officers in locating, identifying and recovering stolen property."