Radio chatter leads cops to theft suspects
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Dec. 12, 2006 - Six people have been arrested by local authorities in connection with three separate burglaries. In two of the cases, police apprehended the suspects before the property owners had a chance to report the items stolen.

The first arrest was made by Sulphur Springs police at 7:20 a.m. Monday, when officers found 18-year-old Sonny Doyle Richardson walking down South Locust Street with a stolen communications radio dangling from a chain around his neck. Richardson admitted he had taken the radio, along with at least two other radios, two chargers and a carrying case earlier that morning from the city's public works office at Coleman Park.

It wasn't long before police tracked the second suspect, Robert Alex Dunmire, 21, to his South Moore Street residence, where they found more radios stolen from the public works office.

Police first became aware of the theft after the pair were heard using vulgar language on city radio frequencies between 3 and 4 a.m.

Listening to radio chatter, officers were able to determine that the pair were in the city. They narrowed their search to a neighborhood in the northwest part of Sulphur Springs, then found Richardson on Locust Street.

Both were charged with burglary of a building. Dunmire was also wanted on two warrants for no driver’s license and one warrant for failure to maintain financial responsibility.

The next arrests were made by sheriff's deputies Monday evening. Deputies served Brandon Trent Caviness, 22, of Sulphur Springs with a felony theft warrant at his County Road 2310 residence after he failed to turn himself in to authorities at 10:30 a.m.

�Thomas Chad Tedford, 24, of Winnsboro turned himself in at 11:04 p.m. for his involvement in the Nov. 29 theft of truck beds from Temple Trailers.

Police stopped Caviness early Sunday morning for a traffic violation in a vehicle that matched the description of one connected to the theft. Tedford pulled up during the stop, as well. They were detained, and sheriff's investigators were called.

During the interview, investigators obtained a confession of the pair's involvement in the theft at Temple Trailers on Nov. 29. They were released while officers obtained warrants for the charge, with the understanding the two would turn themselves in at the designated time.

When Caviness failed to comply with the agreement, deputies served the warrant at this residence just before 6 p.m. Monday.

While at the location, officials observed marijuana, illegal medication, a weapon and numerous other items of contraband in the residence. Caviness was charged with possession of Darvocet, possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana, possession of a dangerous drug without a prescription and possession of a firearm by a felon.

The third arrests were made by city police around 3:30 this morning. While on Texas Street at St. James Street working another case, police saw and detained two men on bicycles which didn't have headlights and brakes as required by city ordinances. Since one man was also a shoplifting suspect, the pair was taken into custody for further questioning. They were found to be in possession of a car radio which the owner had reported missing later in the day.

The pair was jailed on the bicycle safety ordinance violation, as well as for burglary of a building.

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