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No green for John Deere thieves

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    Examiner photo by Ana Cosino Navasota Police recovered $8,500 worth of Stihl equipment stolen from United Ag & Turf in Navasota early Sunday morning. Three of the four suspects all from Houston were apprehended after a police chase that led officers into Houston where the pursuit finally ended. The suspects are also accused of aggravated robbery of a Nissan Pathfinder from Houston Saturday night.

Alleged Houston area thieves intending on making green from the sale of lawn equipment from a local John Deere dealership, had their plans trimmed short when Navasota Police initiated pursuit.

Navasota police officers were dispatched to United Ag & Turf, 9819 Texas State Highway 6 north, at 3:30 a.m. Sunday, May 12, to investigate reports of a burglary alarm.

Upon arrival officers witnessed a Nissan Pathfinder fleeing the scene. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but it fled toward highway 6.

Officers ran the plates and learned the Pathfinder was reported stolen out of Houston. The pursuit ensued south on highway 6 toward Harris County.

Once Navasota officers entered Harris County, Harris County Sheriff deputies and Houston Police officers joined in the pursuit.

The Pathfinder turned onto a side street and eventually stopped at the intersection of Hollister Road and Wilshire Place, where officers witnessed four male subjects exit the vehicle from the driver side door and flee on foot.

Navasota officers apprehended one male subject identified as Davon Crumity, 19, from Houston but the remaining three suspects remained at large.

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Officers remained on scene and a few hours later, Houston PD and a K-9 spotted two subjects fleeing south from Wilshire Place. Following a short foot pursuit officers detained Ken-tray Moore, 17, of Houston and a juvenile. Both were identified by Navasota officers as the occupants of the Pathfinder. The fourth occupant has not been identified or located.

Pathfinder and found it full of Stihl brand machinery. Navasota and Houston officers removed 16 Stihl gas powered weed eaters, two gas powered edgers, one gas powered chop saw, six gas powered chain saws and a pair of bolt cutters. The Pathfinder was released to Houston PD after learning it was taken during an aggravated robbery approximately 10 p.m. Saturday, May 11, in Houston.

Crumity was transported to the Grimes County Jail and is charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, burglary of a building, evading in motor vehicle, all state jail felonies and evading arrest on foot, a Class A misdemeanor.

Moore was transported to Harris County Jail and is charged by Houston Police with evading on foot enhanced to a felony and the juvenile was taken to a juvenile detention center for a violation of probation warrant.

According to Navasota Police Chief Shawn Myatt, the recovered Stihl equipment was verified to belong to United Ag & Turf and is valued at $8,500. The suspects entered the building by breaking the front glass door. That damage is an estimated $1,000.

Myatt stated arrest warrants will be issued for Moore and the juvenile by Navasota PD for burglary of the United Ag & Turf building, evading arrest and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.