Mineola burglary leads to suspects in Atwoods theft


An early morning burglary in Mineola on Saturday, Sept. 30, led to the identification of the suspects in not only that incident, but also a burglary in Tyler the same morning in which burglars stole several guns and ammunition.

At 5:13 a.m. an alarm at Paradise Vapor at Stone Briar Center on Loop 564 led Mineola Police officers to find the building broken in to with the front glass busted out. Police said several pieces of vapor products were taken. The burglars were gone when they got there. 

Earlier that same morning, at about 3 a.m., Atwoods on Loop 323 in Tyler was burglarized, reportedly with the front glass also broken, and eight guns, as well as ammunition and other items were stolen. A Tyler Police Department press release from Public Information Officer Don Martin stated that the police responded to the business at 3000 West North West Loop 323 around 4:50 a.m. on the report of the burglary. The store manager discovered that the front glass doors to the business had been broken out when he arrived to work.

A video was obtained from that store where Tyler PD reported five people were seen in the video and that they had stolen eight rifles from the gun case and attempted to gain entry into another gun case. They also stole ammunition and other assorted items.

Paradise Vapor in Mineola is in the same shopping center as Snap Fitness and Mineola Police Captain Joyce Box said that people who were working out that morning at the gym had seen three males in that area. With the addition of the surveillance video at the gym, the three suspects were identified. Two were from Hawkins and one was from Tyler. The information on these three was given to the Tyler Police, who had responded to the burglary at Atwoods earlier that morning. 

Four of five suspects in Atwoods burglary are from Hawkins. One had been arrested by this past Thursday. In custody is Gakerrion Miller, 18, of Tyler on a probation violation. 

Arrest warrants were also issued for Jaleen Norton, 17, Cody Jones, 19,Richard Levi Hammonds, 17and Krispen Wooten, 18, all of Hawkins. 

Tyler police say they have recovered some of the stolen guns and are continuing to recover other property.


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