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Deputies search for burglary suspects; still being sought

by Steven Mross | February 19, 2021 at 4:00 a.m.
A Garland County Sheriff's Department patrol unit. - File photo by The Sentinel-Record

Garland County sheriff's deputies and investigators were on a manhunt for several hours Thursday for two suspects sought in connection with a commercial burglary early that morning.

The burglary reportedly occurred around 2 a.m. at Hardman Lumber Co., 3940 Malvern Ave., formerly Buddy Bean Building Supply Co., involving suspects in a white Chevy Tahoe, sheriff's Deputy Courtney Kizer, the department's public information officer, told The Sentinel-Record.

A deputy on patrol during the day shift spotted the suspect vehicle around 10 a.m. and attempted to make a traffic stop, but the vehicle drove off in a field off Westinghouse Drive and "we have since been searching the area," she said.

Deputies launched a drone to help with the search shortly after 10:30 a.m. and the Tahoe was spotted in a field in the area of Lakeside School and deputies began searching on foot in the area for them.

Kizer noted the license plate on the Tahoe didn't match the vehicle, but they planned to search it for evidence.

"They threw a bag out so hopefully, we can find enough items to do a warrant," she said.

The deputies searching "keep following tracks" in the snow, she said, but "we don't know how far behind them we are."

Shortly before 1 p.m., Kizer noted they believed someone in a black Tahoe had possibly picked up the two suspects.

Deputies continued the search for awhile longer, but eventually terminated the manhunt and were in the process of obtaining a search warrant for the vehicle Thursday afternoon.

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