Pair in Cumby liquor store break-in flee from cops
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Dec. 15, 2006 - Local authorities spent most of the morning searching for two men who ran from police after being caught inside a local liquor store early this morning.

Sheriff's officers were seeking warrants for the two men, thought to be from the Smith County area, at midday.

During routine patrol about 4:30 a.m. today, Cumby Police Officer Charles Walker pulled into Blackjack Package Store on the north Interstate 30 service road. He saw a vehicle in the parking lot, and after closer inspection realized the building had been broken into.

He found two men, one white and the other black, inside the store, Hopkins County Sheriff Butch Adams said. When Walker approached the pair to confront them, the black man ran west from the store and the white man ran to the parked Chevrolet vehicle and drove off. Walker chased the man who had fled in the car, and sheriff's deputies and investigators were called in to assist him.

�The Cumby officer chased the rapidly speeding car down county roads, losing sight of it in the area of County Road 1112.�

A short while later, the rental car was found in the area of County Road 1112 and County Road 1117. The suspect apparently went off the road, running through a fence and continuing a short distance before wrecking out. He then apparently fled on foot as he was no where near the vehicle when officers found it.

A perimeter was set up near the store and the area where the car crashed in an attempt to locate the pair. Officers with canines were called to attempt to track the fleeing suspects. The dog attempted to follow the scent, but the track failed to yield a suspect.

Sheriff's officers determined that the pair managed to leave the scene with cigarettes but little else. During the course of the investigation, authorities received information indicating the man who ranf from the store had gotten a ride out of the area. Officials continued to search the area into the afternoon Friday.

Sheriff's investigators believe they have identified both suspects and were seeking warrants for their arrests on felony burglary of a building charges, as well as evading arrest or detention charges, Adams said. They were working with law enforcement in other counties in an attempt to catch and apprehend both suspects.

Specially trained tracking dogs used by the prison system were scheduled to be brought to both locations later in the day to again try to locate the pair.

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