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Three Port Arthur residents taken into custody in connection with attempted burglary
PORT NECHES-By: Leslie Rangel
Police in Port Neches tonight are sharing the details of their investigation that led to the arrest of burglary suspects accused of breaking into homes in a well-to-do neighborhood.
They're accused of taking TV's, jewelry and even food.
Police found the suspects in less than an hour while pumping gas for the stolen SUV they were driving.
18-year-old Torrence Dorsey, 18-year-old Jecovin Provost and 29-year-old Joshua Williams were booked into Jefferson County Jail.
Police say they were able to catch the suspects so quickly.
Families that live on the streets near Vincent Place in Port Neches describe them as quiet and family friendly.
"Everybody knows everybody, yeah," Maura Makelki a neighbor says.
Makelki says it's a first for her family.
"I've never lived a place where we knew everybody and their kids and their neighborhood, the car they drive," Makelki says.
For that reason neighbors reported the driver of a Toyota Sequoia leaving after a reported break in the neighborhood after five in the evening Sunday.
"I'm thankful that no one was hurt, that no one was home," Makelki said.
Police say these three men managed to break into a home in the 1700 block of Vincent Place before they drove away.
"Forced entry into the back of the residents, TV were gone, iPads, jewelry," Port Neches police chief Paul Lemoine says.
Thanks to social media, the chief says they were able to catch those responsible quickly.
"Our residents that live in the area they get a text message and we have all eyes on the road, someone is going to see them," Lemoine says.
Chief Lemoine says with tips coming in from Facebook and texts, it took them less than an hour to find the men pumping gas in the stolen SUV from Nederland.
Within minutes, officers surrounded the Fuel Depot gas station at Jimmy Johnson and Twin City Highway.
"They're feeding you information and you may have 100 sets of eyes or 200 sets of eyes, well that ups the odds in our favor," Lemoine said.
Odds forever in their favor, with help from the community.
"That's just such a blessing and again I'm glad they're caught and I hope this sends a message to other criminals that you can't just go around breaking into people's homes," Makelki says.
Police say they have linked the three men to one other burglary on MacArthur and another on Pleasure Island during the weekend.
They are not linking them with any other burglaries in Port Neches.
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Three Port Arthur residents were taken into custody in connection with an attempted burglary of habitation that took place around 5 p.m. Sunday in the 1200 block of McArthur in Port Neches, according to the Port Neches Police Department.
The suspects tried unsuccessfully to enter the back of the residence and were seen leaving the area in a gray or silver Toyota SUV, according to PNPD.
After being notified about a burglary of habitation that had just occurred, officers went to the 1700 block of Vincent Place.
The homeowner had been away from the residence for about an hour and when she got back she noticed that someone had broken into the back of her home and had taken a flat screen TV, a Wii game system, an iPad, and various jewelry, according to PNPD.
Several neighbors approached the officers at the scene and said they had seen a gray Toyota Sequoia SUV carrying three black men driving erratically around the neighborhood.
The officers were aware of a stolen Toyota Sequoia that had been taken from Nederland the night before and so they had the dispatcher advise all units in the area to be on the look out for the vehicle, the release stated.
PNPD also sent out a Nixle advisory and a Facebook post to alert residents to be on the look out for the vehicle and suspects and report any possible sightings.
PNPD learned a Port Arthur resident spotted a vehicle around 6:30 p.m. near Twin City Highway and Jimmy Johnson and believed both the vehicle and the occupants matched the description in PNPD's Facebook post.
An officer was in the parking lot of the Fuel Depot in the 7600 block of Twin City Highway when he saw the vehicle at the gas pumps and passed the license plate number to central dispatch who confirmed that it was the reportedly stolen vehicle from Nederland, the release stated.
After other officers arrived at the scene the three suspects were taken into custody and the officers were able to identify items in the vehicle as property taken from the residence at Vincent Place in Port Neches and from an earlier reported burglary on Pleasure Island in Port Arthur, the release stated.
All three suspects were initially charged with burglary of a habitation. The driver of the vehicle was also charged with possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He also had two outstanding Justice of the Peace warrants in Jefferson County and was in possession of a handgun that had been reported stolen in the Port Arthur burglary, according to police.
Two of the suspects are 18 years old and one is 29 years old. Investigators are coordinating with area agencies to determine if they are responsible for any other local burglaries.