TEXARKANA, Texas–On December 17, 2014 at approximately 4:45am, officers were dispatched to an alarm call at a convenient store in the 3300 block of Texas Boulevard. When officers arrived, they discovered that the building had been broken into. Officers were able to view video from the business’ surveillance system and observed three suspects jump over the counter and steal multiple cartons of cigarettes. The suspects fled the scene.
Officer JB Johnson was in the 3400 block of New Boston Road at approximately 5:20am when he observed a light green SUV circling the area. Officer Johnson initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver who identified himself as John Willeford, 23, of Texarkana Texas. During a consensual search, Officer Johnson discovered that Willeford had evidence in the vehicle from the burglary.
Officers searched the area, and located Kevonte Smith and Rodricus Townsend, both 17, both from Texarkana Texas. All three were positively identified from the surveillance video as the suspects in the earlier burglary. All three suspects were arrested and transported to jail.
The investigation has revealed that these three individuals were also involved in several other burglaries in other jurisdictions as well. Their apprehension has led to the recovery of several of the items taken in these burglaries.
Anyone with information on this incident or any other is asked to contact the Texarkana, Texas Police Department at 903-798-3116 or CrimeStoppers at 903-793-STOP (7867).