5 arrested in Tyler attempted ATM theft; 2 alleged burglars still on loose
POSTED: Friday, December 14, 2012 - 3:20pm
UPDATED: Friday, December 14, 2012 - 3:44pm
Tyler, Tx — Authorities have arrested five of the seven suspects believed responsible for stealing a restaurant's van, then trying to take an ATM from a Tyler bank
On Wednesday, at around 4 a.m., a Van Zandt County deputy came across a burglary in progress of a rental storage facility near Interstate 20. Five men were taken into custody following a foot chase.
It was learned the men were also allegedly involved for a string of criminal acts that were committed in the Tyler and Smith County area earlier that morning.
At 1:20 a.m., the burglars allegedly stole a Dickey’s Van from Dickey’s BBQ on the WSW Loop 323. At 2:11 a.m., the accused burglars tried to uproot an ATM machine from the Texas Bank and Trust, located on W. Grande.
After failing to steal the ATM, the group ditched the stolen vehicle behind Brookshire’s Fresh and got back into their own vehicles.
They then went to a Kidd Jones convenience store on Hwy. 155 South and burglarized the business at 2:33 a.m. At 4:00 a.m. they were caught in the act of burglarizing the storage facility in Van Zandt County.
Tyler Police Investigators have obtained arrest warrants for Labradford Lamont Hunter, 20, of Mesquite, Earl Wayne Few Jr., 23 , of Dallas, Marque Kaleb Hart, 21, of Terrell, James Darron Miller Jr., 25, of Dallas, and Johnathan Christopher Adams, 29, of Terrell.
All five suspects have been charged with theft of property, criminal attempt and engaging in organized criminal activity. The total bond on each suspect is set at $350,000 by Judge Kerry Russell. These charges are for offenses committed in Tyler, TX only.
Investigators are still working on identifying two people that got away when the arrest was made in Van Zandt County. This case remains under investigation.