On Monday, July 27 at approximately 03:34 a.m., the Navarro County Sheriff's Office was alerted to a theft in progress of an ATV in the 200 block of Austin Avenue, Richland.
The owner furnished partial vehicle and clothing descriptions of the multiple suspects that were observed stealing their Kawasaki ATV.
NCSO deputies observed both of the suspect vehicles and stolen ATV headed northbound on IH 45 near Corsicana.
Deputy Rider and Sgt. Loftis initiated pursuit of the suspect vehicle and trailer carrying the stolen ATV North on IH 45 while Corporal Espinosa stopped the second vehicle and detained both occupants.
The driver of the vehicle carrying the stolen ATV abandoned the vehicle just north of chambers creek and ran across the interstate through oncoming traffic as the abandoned vehicle continued Northbound.
Sgt Loftis was forced to stay with the abandoned vehicle and trailer due to it being an immediate traffic hazard from being left in the traffic lanes of the interstate while Deputy Rider initially pursued the suspect on foot.
The NCSO drone was deployed to the location and a request was forwarded to TDCJ Beto 1 Unit for scent specific and tracking dogs.
The suspect pickup and trailer were later confirmed as stolen through separate agencies.
As the manhunt continued, we received information from multiple sources that a suspect matching our suspects description was walking North near the Cowboy Church in Alma.
Lt. Lewis arrived in the area and observed the suspect walking North along I-45.
The suspect was taken into custody and found to have an outstanding parole warrant flagged caution for violent tendencies, parole violation, aggravated robbery, 2 counts of burglary of a habitation and manufacture deliver controlled substance cocaine.
The three suspects have all been arrested and charged with felony engaging in organized crime and the wanted suspect also received additional charges of unauthorized use of motor vehicle and felony evading arrest.
We have had numerous ATV's stolen in this county within the past couple of months and my hope is to clear many of the cases as a result of today's arrests.
As always, we appreciate the support and assistance of our community for being alert and reporting suspicious activity. A big thank you TDCJ Beto 1 Unit as well as CPD and Dawson PD for their assistance today.
Sheriff Elmer Tanner