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Suspected burglary ring broken with arrests
Trinity Standard -

TRINITY — The arrest of two suspects and the recovery of thousands of dollars in stolen property is believed to have broken a burglary ring operating in Trinity and Walker counties. William Jesse Eason III and Johnathan Guerra were arrested in connection with the burglary ring’s operation and additional arrests are expected, according to Pct. 1 Constable Woody Wallace, The constable said he launched the investigation after a Trinity Cove homeowner asked for a follow-up investigation of a burglary reported at his home. Wallace subsequently recovered some of the homeowner’s stolen property in Houston, which led to the arrest of Eason. Eason provided a formal statement regarding his involvement with that burglary and two others that occurred in Walker County, Wallace said. That statement prompted the search of a home in Trinity by Wallace; Pct. 1 deputy constables W.R. “Ricky” Hope, Mark Cole and Rusty Barrett; and officers from the Trinity Police Department. Officers recovered guns, jewelry, electronics and liquor that had been reported stolen from Trinity and Walker county homes. Information gathered at that time led the constable to Walker County, where Guerra was taken into custody for the possession of stolen property and cocaine. Wallace, working with Huntsville Police Department, video taped a statement by Guerra, who was then taken to Trinity County and jailed. Both cases have been referred to the District Attorney's Office in Groveton for prosecution. Charges also are pending in Walker County. Wallace indicated that the arrests of these suspects are the first of this burglary ring and he expects several more to be made, as the investigation is ongoing. He also indicated that the support of both the Trinity Police Department and the Huntsville Police Department in these arrests was invaluable and appreciated. “Our goal is to solve the crime, make the arrest, recover stolen property, and cooperate with the prosecution in the pursuit of justice,” Wallace said. “We are committed letting criminals know that they cannot commit a crime here and expect it to go uninvestigated. We want our community and property to be safe and will continue to work to make it that way.” Wallace noted that both suspects now in custody have provided information about the items stolen during the burglaries and who purchased them. “We will be looking to recover these items and anyone who knowingly purchased stolen merchandise can be charged,” he said. Wallace said those who obtained these items should contact police and turn them in as soon as possible. Wallace’s office also recently arrested two other suspects on theft and burglary. Janey Marie Stone and Seth Andrew Tyler were arrested at their home in White Rock Estates last week after an investigation and property recovery. Wallace, along with deputy constables Cole, Hope and Barrett made the arrests, which led to another brief investigation by Barrett. Stone was arrested again, two days later by Cole and Hope, after she gave a statement regarding her involvement in a March 28 burglary reported at the ABC Café burglary on FM 356. An arrest warrant had been issued by Judge Randy Barrett following the confession. The charges against both suspects have been referred by the constable’s p0ffice to the county attorney for prosecution.


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