Beaumont police arrested a teenage band of suspected thieves who allegedly robbed numerous businesses throughout the city, according to a news release.
Just before 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, Southeast Texas theft investigators notified Beaumont police of a stolen white Honda SUV, and the vehicle was subsequently used in a string of robberies. Detectives located the vehicle in question near the area of Avenue C and called for patrol officers to assist. After a brief pursuit, officers were able to stop the vehicle in the 4200 block of Kenneth Avenue. The stolen vehicle was occupied by four suspects, all of whom were taken into custody and transported to the Beaumont Police Station to speak with detectives.
Following interviews, Eddie Dan Thomas III, 17, of Beaumont was arrested for evading detention in a motor vehicle and possession of a dangerous drug, which the release doesn't identify. Fellow Beaumonters K’Leb J’Corey Diamond, 17, and Ricki Bernard Slone III, 17, were arrested for possession of a dangerous drug. The fourth suspect wasn't identified due to him being 16. He was arrested for possession of a dangerous drug and transported to the Minnie Rogers Juvenile Detention Center.
Detectives believe that this vehicle and these suspects have been involved in more than 10 local business robberies, as well as numerous robberies in surrounding cities. BPD detectives are working closely with multiple law enforcement agencies to investigate this organized crime ring. Additional arrests and charges are expected.