Athens Review, Athens, Texas

December 26, 2013

Teens arrested in GBC for burglaries

From Staff Reports
The Athens Review

GUN BARREL CITY — The Gun Barrel City Police Department arrested three teens over the weekend in connection with local burglaries.

 Shae Lanae Jones, 17, was  charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, possession of a dangerous drug and public Intoxication. Harley Scott Williams, 17,  was charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, evading arrest/detention and public Intoxication. Brian Goen Walker, 17, was charged with engaging in organized criminal activity.

   According to Gun Barrel City Police reports, on Saturday,  reserve Police Officer Kevin Roberts saw two male subjects burglarizing his vehicle which was parked on Cottonwood Street in the Lake View Acres sub-division. Roberts saw the pair travel a short distance down the street and enter another vehicle. Roberts confronted the two and identified himself as a police officer. One of the subjects fled from Roberts while the other was taken into custody. He was identified as Brian Goen Walker of Gun Barrel City.

  Reports said Officers Zach Kennedy and Jesse Ison arrived and assisted Roberts with the arrest, subsequent interview of the suspect and investigation into the crime. The officers also found that another male and female were involved with the vehicle burglaries.

A short time later, Ison located a male and female in an area on Harmon Road who match the description given by Walker as the pair that he was with during the commission of the crime. Both subjects were detained as the investigation continued. They were identified as Shae Lanae Jones of Seven Points and Harley Scott Williams of Gun Barrel City. After discovering evidence that linked the two to the vehicle burglaries, both subjects were also arrested.

    Reports stated that during the investigation, officers discovered the trio to be in possession of property that was later identified to have been taken from several vehicles in the area. Property recovered was headphones, prescription medication and other items. The owners of the property were contacted and asked to come to the Police Department where they were able to identify the property taken from their vehicle. All three were consequently transported to the Gun Barrel City jail.

   Police said the subjects were charged with engaging in organized criminal activity instead of  the lesser charge of burglary of a vehicle because the criminal episode occurred with multiple victims as well as fact that three or more defendants are involved. Vehicle burglary is class A misdemeanor while engaging in organized criminal activity is enhanced to a State Jail Felony.

   On Sunday, Sergeant Jeff Norris forwarded information to the investigating officers concerning a vehicle burglary which had occurred on 198 South in Gun Barrel City. Norris stated that along with other property, a Mastercard had been stolen. The information on the stolen card matched a Mastercard that was located in Walkers possession. He will also be charged with that offense with the appropriate prosecutor.