Suspects in beer store burglary 'caught on tape'
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

June 29, 2005 -- A 19-year-old Cumby man believed to be one of two suspects caught "red-fingered" stealing vodka and cigars from Beer 30 was taken into custody early Wednesday morning by Hopkins County sheriff's officers.

He was arrested at his Paris Street residence for possession of marijuana, but sheriff's investigators anticipate obtaining a warrant for his arrest in connection with the Wednesday morning liquor store break-in.

Officials were alerted to the burglary around 2:30 a.m. when a security alarm at Beer 30 went off. The owner, Thomas Jenkins, responded at the store and alerted authorities after finding the door had been pried open, HCSO Investigator Jace Anglin said Wednesday morning.

Sgt. Todd Evans and Cpl. Eddie Moon were sent to the scene, where it was determined no intruders remained in the building. Moon brought out his canine partner, Jack, to begin tracking the burglars. Jack was able to track the suspects from the store, located on the north Interstate 30 service road east of Cumby, to the railroad tracks in Cumby, where he lost the scent.

The store video surveillance recording showed two suspects wearing bandanas and with red tape on their fingers -- an apparent attempt to conceal their fingerprints -- prying open the door.

Cumby Police Chief Dewayne Evans, upon viewing the tape, was able to identify one of the subjects. Authorities went to the man's Paris Street residence, where they found the 19-year-old, as well as bandanas and red tape like those used by the two suspects on the store surveillance tape, Anglin said.

The 19-year-old Cumby man gave authorities permission to search the house, where they found a misdemeanor quantity of marijuana. He was taken in custody at that time for possession of marijuana and was still being held at the county jail at noon Wednesday.

"We should have a warrant by 8:30 a.m. tomorrow," Anglin said just before noon Wednesday. "We don't know who the second suspect is at this time. We're still questioning the suspect in custody. We are hoping this will tie into other recent burglaries, the ones at Blackjack [Package] Store, and help clear those, too. The cases and evidence are very similar."

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