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Neighbor's call leads to burglary arrests
BEAUMONT- by Haley Bull
Beaumont Police said two of three suspects in a burglary in Beaumont's Old Town neighborhood are behind bars. Police are giving credit to a man who paid attention and took action when someone broke into his home.
It began with a few missing items in early November.
"These items were small, miniscule cigarettes, lighters, taken off the patio. We thought they were kids," Tom LeTourneau said.
That prompted him to put video cameras outside his garage and front door.
"Sure as shoot, two weeks after we installed them, we see a guy later on the video," LeTourneau said.
It showed a man breaking into his home and taking some of his belongings. Within days, police arrested Starsky Andrus, 36, of Beaumont.
"It's my property. It's not his stuff. It's our property. Period," LeTourneau said.
He went to the Jefferson County Jail Friday to attend a parole revocation hearing for Andrus. The suspect had served time for burglary and was released from jail just days before the most recent break-in.
"You have to be active as a citizen. You cannot say, oh it's not my business. It is your business," LeTourneau said.
His business and his neighbors.
January 3rd, LeTourneau called police again when he saw suspicious men at his neighbor's home on Harrison St.
"That day Mr.LeTourneau saw something and he did the right thing, he called the police department, so we could actually get out there and it resulted in actually taking someone into custody, which led us to two more suspects," Sgt. Rob Flores with the Beaumont Police Department said.
Police arrested Jerome Marks, 17, that day and Dareth Spencer, 17, Friday. They now know the identity of a third suspect.
Marks is facing two counts of burglary and one count of felony evading detention. Spencer is jailed on two counts of burglary.
Police said the arrests cleared a number of burglaries in Old Town.
"One of the reasons they're not experiencing as many as other areas is because we have people like Mr.LeTourneau, we have people like members of the Neighborhood Association Group who are very vigilant about calling in when they see something that's out of the ordinary," Flores said.
"If you don't like it, call the police, get involved," LeTourneau said. "If you don't get involved, nothing's going to get done about it."
One phone call, several suspects removed from a neighborhood, now behind the razor wire.