Kilgore “Smash and Grab” bandit arrested

Smash and grab bandit arrested

The man Kilgore officers believe is responsible for a recent rash of convenience store burglaries, has been arrested. Two of those “smash and grab” incedents happened in Kilgore.

On December 4th. Zippy J’s, located at Higginbotham and Dudley Road, was burglarized after a man smashed a window, went into the store and stole a large quantity of cigarettes. 

The second Kilgore burglary happened on December 10, 2015, when another Zippy J’s convenience store located on State Highway 42 was burglarized. A window was smashed and cigarettes stolen. 

Around this time, similar burglaries happened Gregg County, Overton, Elderville and Longview. 

During an unrelated investigation, KPD Detective Stephen Goodson received information from the Henderson Police Department. From this information, he was able to develop a suspect. 

Through continued investigation and assistance from other law enforcement agencies, Detective Goodson was able to obtain a warrant of arrest for the suspect. 

On January 5th, Gayland Dewayne Brown, 35, of Henderson who was incarcerated in the Rusk County Jail on another charge, was served with an arrests warrant. 

Brown is being charged with two counts of Burglary of a Building.

If you have any additional information, please contact Detective Stephen Goodson at 903-218-6903. You can also contact Gregg County Crimestoppers at 903-236-STOP or you can text an anonymous tip to 847411 + KILGORE + your tip.

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