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Jasper County investigators trying to determine if suspects are linked to multiple burglaries
JASPER COUNTY - Jasper County investigators tell KFDM News they're trying to determine if two men arrested for burglary in Polk County are linked to a number of other burglaries across Southeast Texas in which guns and other items were taken.
Our news partner, KJAS in Jasper, has reported that two Beaumont men are in custody, accused of a burglary in Polk County.
Jasper County Chief Deputy Bob Walker told KFDM News Bradison Allen Mims, 24, and Raymond Earl Robinson, III, both of Beaumont, admitted to two Polk County burglaries but not to any others. Walker says investigators believe the pair, and other men, were involved in burglaries in Jasper County and possibly others in the area.
JASPER COUNTY - by Mike Lout/KJAS and Rayburn Broadcasting Company
Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman said Thursday that the arrest of two men in Polk County might be the break officers needed in solving the recent rash of burglaries that have occurred not only in south Jasper County, but other neighboring counties and parishes.
The series of incidents leading up to the arrests that resulted in a break in the case reportedly began on Monday when an officer with the Corrigan Police Department attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding on Farm to Market Road 287. Officers said that after the vehicle stopped, three men jumped out and ran into a nearby subdivision.
Other officers from various agencies converged on the area and within a short time two of the suspects had been apprehended and taken into custody.
Upon searching the vehicle the men were traveling in, officers reportedly found a large collection of guns, TV's and other items, which they believe were taken during burglaries.
Bradison Allen Mims, 24, and Raymond Earl Robinson, III, both of Beaumont. The third suspect, who is still at large, has not been identified, but Newman said he believes that individual to also be from Beaumont.
Newman said that in all cases, someone kicked down the doors of the homes and took big screen TV's and guns. Newman estimates that over 40 guns were stolen here in Jasper County and he says officers in Hardin County now believe that as many as 300 or more guns might have been stolen there.
Newman said late last week that the focus of the investigation had turned to the Beaumont area after several gun safes allegedly taken from homes in Jasper County were found dumped out in a street there.