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Arrests made in tobacco robbery

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By Jan White
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CROCKETT – At about 3:50 a.m. on Thursday, June 16, Officers with the Crockett Police Department and Houston County Sheriff’s Officer Deputies, responded to the Tobacco Barn, located in the 400 block of North 4th Street, in reference to a burglary alarm.

As officers arrived in the area, they noticed a brown 2015 Chevrolet Suburban leaving the area. Officers caught up to the vehicle on Durrett Drive and detained the vehicle’s three occupants. While doing so, the officers noticed that the vehicle was filled with loose cartons of cigarettes, as well as several large trash bags filled with cartons of cigarettes. Officers also located bolt cutters, walkie-talkies, pry bars and gloves in the vehicle.

Other officers went back to the Tobacco Barn and found that the front door of the business had been shattered and the building had been burglarized. Surveillance video from the Tobacco Barn showed the three subjects in question breaking down the door, entering the store, and stealing four large garbage bags full of cigarettes. While the investigation continued, Officers learned that the suspects had also burglarized a convenience store in Anderson County earlier in the night.

All three suspects, identified as Steven Jajuan Scott Jr. (age 20 from Ft. Worth), Lance Harris Jr. (age 21 from Ft. Worth, and Stacy Len Harris (age 45 from Ft. Worth), were all placed under arrest and charged with Burglary of a Building (State Jail Felony), Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity (3rd Degree Felony) and Unlawful Use of Criminal Instrument (Class A Misdemeanor). Additionally, Scott also had a warrant for his arrest out of Franklin County for Burglary of a Building.

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