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U-Haul thieves hauled to jail

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A reported theft from Walmart in Navasota led police to the capture of three suspects in a stolen U-Haul truck.

Navasota Police responded to Walmart, 1712 E. Washington Avenue in Navasota, on Friday, Oct. 5, at approximately 8 a.m. to investigate a reported theft.

Navasota Police Chief Shawn Myatt stated three subjects exited Walmart activating the anti-theft alarms and were seen leaving the parking lot in a large U-Haul truck with Arizona license plates.

At approximately 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, while patrolling Farm to Market Road 379, a Navasota officer observed a U-Haul with Arizona plates traveling on Washington Avenue. Dispatch informed the officer that the vehicle was reported stolen in Liberty County.

The officer initiated a traffic stop and the driver Zoe Lugo, 20, of Planters-ville was detained. Devon Neil, 19, from San Antonio was riding in the front seat and was identified as being one of the suspects in the Walmart theft. William Brown, 18, was located in the cargo area of the U-Haul.

All three men were arrested and charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, a state jail felony. Brown will also be charged with Theft Under $200 and is also facing an outstanding warrant out of Montgomery County for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.

Myatt said Navasota Police Officers have identified the other two suspects in the Walmart theft case and warrants will be issued for their arrest.