Four suspects jailed following Monday traffic stop arraigned on multiple felony charges

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

July 1, 2008 - Four people were being held at the county jail today on charges stemming from the theft of merchandise from a discount store and use of a computer system to print fake merchandise receipts.

Melissa Gail Breaux, Richard Paul Breaux Jr. and Michael Joseph Thorns, all of Grand Prairie, and Britni Jenny Ann Dewberry of Arlington were all jailed at 4 a.m. Monday with engaging in organized criminal activity and possessing a criminal instrument. Bond was set at $50,000 each on the criminal activity charge and $25,000 for the criminal instrument offense.

Additionally, Melissa Breaux was charged with possession of "ice" methamphetamine. Bond on that charge was set at $10,000. Richard Breaux is being held on a Tarrant County misdemeanor warrant, and on at least four Dallas County violation of probation warrants, for which bond is denied. Thorns was charged with failure to identify and on a Dallas County evading arrest warrant. Bond was set at $2,000 for the ID charge and at $500 on the warrant.

All four remained in the county jail late Tuesday morning, according to jail reports.

The arrests stemmed from a routine Interstate 30 traffic stop by Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper David Reynolds at about 1 a.m. Monday. During the course of the stop, the trooper discovered merchandise determined to have been stolen from a Wal-Mart store.

Further investigation linked Richard Breaux, Thorns and Dewberry to a motel room at Best Western in Sulphur Springs. Troopers contacted Texas Ranger John Vance, and the officers went to the hotel room, where Melissa Breaux was found, alone. More stolen property and "ice" methamphetamine were found in the hotel room, along with a computer system officers discerned was being used to manufacture illegal sales receipts from Wal-Mart..

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