Suspects in String of Burglaries Arrested (Press Release)

by Public Information Officer, Friday, December 28, 2012, 01:00 (2181 days ago)

ABILENE, TX – On December 12, 2012, a report of a burglary at Taylor Army Surplus was taken. The business reported over $3,000.00 in property stolen. About a week later, detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division received a tip about possible suspects involved in this burglary. Additionally, a burglary at First Baptist Church was reported on December 20th. In this latter burglary, property (valued at approximately $6,000), including checks, were stolen and resulted in $6,000.00 in estimated damages. Following up on the tip, detectives went to a residence in the 1900 block of Fulwiler Road on December 20th and contacted the homeowner. Access to the home was granted and a search of the home revealed property that was stolen from Taylor Army Surplus. Property belonging to a church in Sweetwater, TX was also located, along with other property that appeared to have come from other churches outside of Abilene’s jurisdiction.

While detectives were at the residence on Fulwiler Road, Patrol Officer Gabe Thompson responded to an armed subject call involving a vehicle that had just turned into the Mall of Abilene. A concerned citizen reported that the passenger had allegedly pointed a firearm out the window of the vehicle. Officer Thompson located the suspect vehicle in a parking lot at the mall and stopped the vehicle with the assistance of several officers. The quick-thinking dispatcher recognized that the registered owner of the vehicle lived at the same address on Fulwiler Road where detectives were conducting their investigation. The occupants of the vehicle, two young male adults, Joshua Cheatham (the driver; DOB: 09/26/92) and Trevor Outlaw (the passenger; DOB: 11/18/94) were detained without incident. During this investigation, stolen property from Taylor Army Surplus was located and seized from inside the vehicle, along with two rifles.

Mr. Cheatham and Mr. Outlaw were taken to the Law Enforcement Center (LEC) for questioning. The investigation revealed that both men were directly involved in the burglaries at Taylor Army Surplus, First Baptist Church and Abilene High School (AHS). In the case involving AHS, over $1,000.00 of property was stolen. Both men were arrested on December 20th on three counts each for the offense of Burglary of a Building. The investigation also led detectives to a male suspect named Arsene Koumba-llimba (DOB: 08/19/93). Mr. Koumba- llimba was contacted by detectives on December 21st at his apartment in the 2100 block of Vogel Street. While at this apartment, property believed to be stolen from outside Abilene’s jurisdiction was surrendered to detectives. Mr. Koumba-llimba agreed to be interviewed at the LEC. This portion of the investigation revealed that Mr. Koumba-llimba was complicit in the burglary at Taylor Army Surplus. He was subsequently arrested on one charge of Burglary of a Building. This investigation is still on-going and its scope has expanded to several other cities, including Merkel, Tye, Sweetwater, and Hawley, where potential burglary victims operate churches.

This investigation will require lengthy follow-up with those involved law enforcement agencies. More details may become available as the investigation allows.

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