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Burglary ring arrests now at 6
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Burglary ring arrests now at 6 TRINITY – A total of six suspects have been arrested and charged in connection with a burglary ring operating in both Trinity and Walker counties. According to Trinity County Pct. 1 Constable Woody Wallace, two additional suspects were taken into custody in late April and thousands of dollars of stolen property have been recovered. Those arrested to date and charged in connection with the activities of the burglary ring are William Jess Eason III, Jonathan Guerra, Kennith Tims, Emmmett Asbury, Sebastion Watson and Taylor Decker. Wallace said the arrests came after his officer received a request from a Trinity Cove homeowner in mid-March asking for a follow-up investigation of a burglary at his home. The original burglary complaint was filed in early February. Wallace and Pct. 1 Deputy Constable Mark Cole began their investigation and within days had developed a lead and received a number of tips, which lead to an arrest warrant being issued for Eason on a burglary of a habitation charge. Cole and Deputy Constable Mark Hope took Eason into custody on April 7 Wallace said his department was able to retrieve several items that had been reported stolen out of the Trinity Cove residence and Eason gave officers a verbal statement regarding his involvement in the break-in. The statement also involved the suspect’s involvement in other burglaries reported in Walker County. Guerra was then arrested on April 9 and Tims and Emmett Asbury were taken into custody on April 18 in connection with the burglaries. The fifth suspect, Watson, was arrested on April 21 when Wallace and Cole traveled to Angelina County and take him into custody on a burglary of a habitation warrant issued by Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Bernie Beard signed the felony warrant. Watson was escorted to the Trinity County Jail in Groveton. The sixth arrest came on April 22 when Decker was taken into custody and taken before Beard, who set his bond at $50,000. He was released the following day after posting the bond. Wallace said the cases have now all been referred to the 258th District Attorney’s office in Groveton and that additional charges against the suspects are now pending in Walker County. Stolen vehicle recovered In other recent activity by the Precinct 1 constable’s office, Tommy Edward Stone was taken into custody Saturday and charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Wallace said his department was notified of the theft of a vehicle and at about 1 a.m. Saturday, Deputy Constable Rusty Barrett along with Wallace and Hope located it in Trinity and made a traffic stop. “Stone was driving the vehicle and was arrested and turned over to (Trinity County) Deputy Mark Moscinski who was investigating the theft. The vehicle was returned to its owner,” Wallace said.