According to Sergeant Detective Brian Shurtleff, Sulphur Springs Police Department made arrests over the weekend related to a string of burglaries in our area. SSPD believes the men are responsible for as many as 12 car burglaries, the burglary of a College Street convenience store, and the theft of 3 vehicles.
The crime spree began around six weeks ago with a number of car burglaries in Sulphur Springs. Then in the early morning hours of September 30th, two unidentified males burglarized a convenience store on College Street. One entered the store while the other stayed outside. The subjects stole tobacco products and fled on foot.
SSPD was able to identify a vehicle from video surveillance from one of the vehicle burglaries that led them to identify 17 year old Chanin Ardwon Holiness(not pictured) as one of perpetrators of the burglaries. Investigators interviewed Holiness and were able to develop further suspects. Holiness was arrested on Thursday is currently held at Hopkins County Jail on a charge of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.
Shortly before 1 a.m. on Sunday morning officers spotted additional suspects in a stolen Dodge Durango on Mockingbird Lane and initiated a traffic stop. The Durango attempted to flee from officers by veering through parking lots before stopping. The vehicle eventually stopped in one of the lots and the occupants fled the vehicle on foot.
Officers were able to locate and detain all three occupants after a short foot pursuit. Jumierquai Doverieay Davison, Kelley Durayl Waterhouse Jr., and Clarence Ofield III were all detained and charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and Evading Arrest or Detention. Ofield III was also charged Evading Arrest or Detention with a Motor Vehicle.
SSPD has compiled evidence along with conducting interviews and believes that Holiness, Davison and Waterhouse Jr. were responsible in combination for the previously mentioned vehicle burglaries, convenience store robbery, and stolen vehicles. Ofield III is not currently considered to have been party to the previous offenses. SSPD expects to file further charges against the three men in the near future and clear over a dozen cases.
SSPD reminds the public to make sure to lock your car, remove the keys and remove any valuables. These are usually crimes of opportunity for the criminal. 95% of vehicle burglaries occur with unlocked vehicles.