In the last month there have been nearly one dozen burglaries of homes in this area. These crimes are being committed in the daylight hours, between 9:00 a.m. at 12:30p.m.
The suspect(s) have forced open a door, entering the residence, stealing firearms. Thus far, nearly 100 firearms have been stolen by these suspect(s). Investigators estimate the time suspect(s) are actually inside a residence is approximately one minute or less. Deputies and Investigators from the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office have joined with the Cleveland Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety and area Constables to create a comprehensive, coordinated effort to identify, locate and apprehend the person(s) responsible for these crimes and recover stolen property.
This investigation has yielded two persons of interest who Sheriff’s Investigators are currently wanting to speak to in reference to this series of crimes and stolen weapons. Those persons are identified as follows;
1. Rucker, Decoris a.k.a. “RED” Cleveland, Liberty County
2. Shedd, Clifton a.k.s “ LIL CLIF” Cleveland, Liberty County
Both of these individuals, though not currently active suspects, are being sought for questioning only at this time. LCSO Investigators have issued the following warning, however, these two individuals should be considered armed and have exhibited violent tendencies / acts in prior cases / incidents in Liberty County.
Sheriff’s Office Captain Evans is also issuing the following warning to residents; if you have any firearms inside your home, please take measures to ensure the weapon is secured in a safe or strong box of some kind. Do not leave rifles or other weapons inside of a display cabinet of any kind which allows easy access by breaking glass or defeating a small locking mechanism. Make sure all of your doors and windows are locked at all times. If you have an alarm system, be sure when you leave your home the system is activated. Additionally, talk to you neighbors, make sure they know to call 9-1-1 anytime suspicious persons of vehicles are seen in your neighborhood. The smallest suspicious detail could be the break Investigators are looking for. Also, try to change your schedule wherever possible so not to set a “pattern” or “routine” which can easily been noted or followed by criminals.