LIBERTY COUNTY, Texas – Investigators with the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office are seeking two persons of interest for questioning in connection with a series of brazen, daytime burglaries.
Investigators said there have been nearly a dozen burglaries in the Tarkington area over the past month in which the suspects have stolen firearms.
In all, nearly 100 firearms have been taken.
Investigators said the suspects gain entry to the homes by forcing open doors and are usually inside for just a minute or less.
"They are kicking open front doors, specifically looking for firearms," Capt. Rex Evans of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office said. "Some of these firearms are very high-end. Some are customized."
Liberty County investigators have joined forces with the Cleveland Police Department, area constables and the Texas Department of Public Safety in a bid to find the persons responsible and recover the stolen property.
Investigators on Monday said they’re seeking two men – Clifton Shedd, aka "Lil Clif, and Decoris Rucker, aka "Red" –for questioning.
Though neither Shedd nor Rucker is an active suspect in the burglaries, investigators said they should be considered armed and have exhibited violent tendencies in past incidents in Liberty County.
Investigators are asking Liberty County residents who have firearms in their homes to make sure the weapons are being stored 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," the LCSO said in a press release Monday.
Residents said they were surprised by the crimes, but they weren’t taking the warnings lightly.
"From what I hear, they are watching when you come and go," Tarkington resident and gun-owner Joyce Busa said. "They see a house where nobody’s there. You never know what’s gonna happen."