In a shocking series of events, a 17-year-old man named Vanderic Ross and a 16-year-old juvenile have been arrested in connection with several burglaries at local vape shops. Their crime spree involved breaking into multiple stores, stealing various items, and even evading the authorities. Let’s delve into the details of these incidents and how the suspects were finally apprehended.
The Burglaries Unfold
It all began in the early hours of July 10 when Texarkana Texas Police Officers received an alarm call from the Vapor Stop on North State Line Avenue. Upon arrival, they discovered the front door glass had been shattered, and several items were missing from the store. Subsequently, they learned that an attempted break-in had occurred at a vape store on College Drive as well, though it was unsuccessful.
The surveillance videos from the affected businesses provided crucial evidence. It became evident that the culprits consistently used a large rock to smash the front doors before making their way inside to loot whatever they could lay their hands on. The modus operandi suggested a pattern, hinting at a well-coordinated group behind the burglaries.
The Police’s Pursuit
Around 5 a.m. on the same morning of the break-ins, Officer Kevin Cornelius made a fateful discovery. He spotted a vehicle parked at a car wash on Richmond Road with all its doors open and several individuals nearby. As he approached to investigate, the suspects allegedly fled on foot. Officer Cornelius recognized one of them as a suspect from the security video of the State Line burglary.
With the help of vigilant residents who reported sightings, the police managed to track down Ross and the juvenile hiding in a wooded area close by. While the juvenile was swiftly captured, Ross attempted to hide in a small swimming pool behind a house on Wheeler Street, but his efforts were in vain.
The Stolen Vehicle and Connections
As the investigation unfolded, the police uncovered yet another crime connected to the suspects. The vehicle found at the car wash had been stolen from a driveway in Pleasant Grove earlier on the same night. Further investigation revealed that these same individuals were allegedly involved in a burglary at Moderne Primitives just two nights before, where they also employed a large rock to break in.
Arrest and Charges
The arrest of Vanderic Ross and the 16-year-old juvenile led to multiple charges against them, including three counts of burglary of a building, criminal mischief, unauthorized use of a vehicle, and evading arrest. Additionally, Ross faced an additional parole violation warrant, compounding his legal troubles. As a consequence, Ross is currently being held in the Bi-State Jail with a bond set at $180,000, while the juvenile was transported to the juvenile detention center.