Burglary suspects jailed Trio charged in theft of $5,000 worth of meat in May

From Staff Reports

June 20, 2008 - Sheriff's officers early this morning arrested three men wanted in connection with at least one building burglary in the Como area and the theft of thousands of dollars worth of meat this spring.

Earlier this week, Hopkins County Sheriff's Investigators Jace Anglin and Lewis Tatum and Chief Investigator Toney Hurley received information and other tips about burglaries reported in the Como area and began actively pursuing the leads.

By Tuesday, they had collected evidence they believed pointed to three Hopkins County men as suspects, and sought felony arrest warrants for burglary of a building.

After searching for the men off and on all week, the trio was apprehended in the early morning hours Friday. Two were found at a Colorado Street residence in Sulphur Springs. They other man turned himself in to deputies.

Sgt. Todd Evans took Lance M. Hankins, 20, and Devon Blake Martinez, 18, both of Sulphur Springs, into custody at 3:30 a.m. Friday at the Colorado Street residence for their alleged involvement in a May 17 burglary in the Como area.

Joshua Zane Wilhite, 19, of Dike turned himself in to Evans at 5 a.m. Friday on the burglary warrant.

All three remained in the county jail at 10:30 a.m. Friday, where they were awaiting arraignment on the charges, according to jail reports.

The suspects are accused of breaking into a Como building, where a door on a freezer was damaged in order to access the meat inside. More than $5,000 worth of meat was reported to have been stolen. Tools were also missing from the location, according to sheriff's investigators.

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