Two people, including one man from Texas, have been arrested by the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office and the Newton County Sheriff's Office in connection with several residential burglaries in Newton and Jasper counties in Texas.
Dakota Freeman Johnson, 23, of Wiergate, Texas, and Terri Sable Cryer, 18, of Evans, were each booked into the Vernon Parish Jail on charges of burglary of a habitation, as defined by the Texas legislature, on Aug. 26.
According to the VPSO, investigators from the Newton County Sheriff's Office contacted VPSO officials on Aug. 26 regarding the two suspects, requesting for assistance in coordinating the arrest of Cryer and Johnson. The investigation stemmed from numerous residential burglaries in Newton and Jasper counties, where large amounts of property was stolen over the past several months.
During the course of the operation, residences in Newton and Jasper counties were searched simultaneously, as the arrests of Cryer and Johnson took place.
VPSO detectives and deputies traveled to a residence on Roland Mitcham Road in Evans, and took both suspects into custody without incident, in relation to warrants from Newton County. A permission to search was obtained from the owner of the residence, and and officers observed a large amount of property believed to be stolen. Officers from Newton County arrived at the residence, and all items were taken into evidence by Newton County.
Newton County officials apprehended two suspects while serving a search warrant in relation to the operation in the Burkeville area. Investigators indicated they have obtained information indicating all parties involved have been selling stolen items online.
On Friday, the VPSO announced that each was additionally charged with one count of illegal possession of stolen things and illegal possession of a stolen firearm. The charges came after the VPSO determined the stolen property recovered at the residence on Roland Mitcham Road was valued in excess of $50,000.
No bond was set on the initial charges of burglary of a habitation; bond on the other two charges was set at $7,500 for each suspect. The joint investigation is still ongoing.