NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Two suspects have been arrested in connection with a series of 26 vehicle burglaries that have occurred in Nacogdoches County, and more arrests and charges are pending.
The sheriff's office has also been able to link the suspects to other vehicle burglaries that have occurred in Angelina, Sabine, San Augustine, and Shelby counties, and more than $10,000 in stolen property, including guns, have been recovered as a result of the ongoing investigation.
Jamarcus Suell, 23, of Lufkin, was arrested and charged with three counts state-jail felony theft of a firearm and 20 counts of Class A misdemeanor burglary of a motor vehicle. More charges are pending, according to the press release.
Kindrick Davis, 23, of Lufkin, was arrested and charged with two counts of misdemeanor theft.
Nacogdoches County Sheriff Jason Bridges said in a press release that because of the number of vehicle burglaries that were occurring in the county, he formed a specialized unit of six NCSO deputies to investigate the rash of vehicle burglaries.
"The deputies followed many leads during the investigation and were able to find a piece of equipment that was stolen out of Woden, Texas that was sold to an area pawn shop, the press release stated.
As a result of the investigation, NCSO deputies were able to identify two suspects, and they conducted a search of a home in Lufkin on Feb. 15. The search led to the discovery of three guns that were stolen in Sabine County, and numerous other items that were stolen out of four other counties, including Nacogdoches County.
"Through conducting interviews, the Sheriff Office was able to locate another firearm that was stolen out of Nacogdoches County," the press release stated. "The Sheriff Office also executed a search warrant on a phone that has assisted law enforcement in identifying four additional suspects that were involved in thefts through several different counties."
According to the press release, the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office has more theft charges pending on another person in Angelina County.
"His name is being withheld at this time, but deputies are actively searching for the subject," the press release stated.
The NCSO will start releasing property back to the Nacogdoches County victims next week.
"The reported value for items stolen in Nacogdoches County is $6,620.00 dollars in property and cash, the press release stated. "The Sheriff Office has recovered $2,835.00 dollars' worth of property for the victims in Nacogdoches County."
In addition, the sheriff's office has recovered more than $3,000 worth of property that the suspects have taken in other counties, the press release. That property has been returned to the agencies handling those investigations.
"Due to the efforts of this specialized unit of the Nacogdoches County Sheriff Office, there will be at least seven different people charged in this theft ring across five different counties," the press release stated. "This investigation is still ongoing and more charges are pending."
According to a previous East Texas News story, Suell and three other men were arrested back January of 2015 for a string of vehicle burglaries that occurred in the Hudson and Pollok areas. At the time, Suell was charged with state-jail felony theft of a firearm and Class B misdemeanor theft between $50 and $500.