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Police release identity of three men arrested in Port Neches burglaries

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A spokesperson for the Port Neches Police Department has released the names of three men who were arrested Sunday following two home burglaries that happened an hour apart.

Torrence Dorsey, 18; Joshua Williams, 29; and Jecovin Provost 18 are all charged in connection with burglaries that happened around 5 p.m. Sunday on McArthur Drive and Vincent Place.  All three suspects are residents of Port Arthur. 

Jay Williams said he was told by a neighbor that a man was sneaking around his home on McArthur. The neighbor said the men were driving around the block. Williams said he got a vehicle description and gave it to police. 

Police posted the burglaries on its Facebook page and within an hour of the posting, the suspects were found at a Fuel Depot gas station on Twin City Highway. 

Police later posted on Facebook, "Great job guys, more details later."

Port Neches Police Chief Paul Lemoine said that just after 5 p.m., Port Neches police officers were dispatched to the 1200 blk of McArthur in reference to an attempted burglary.  The officers were told that the burglars unsuccessfully tried to get into the house through a rear entrance.  They were seen leaving the area in a gray or silver Toyota SUV. 

At approximately 5:19 p.m. officers were called to the 1700 block of Vincent Place where a burglary just happened. The victim had been away from her home for about an hour.   When she returned, she noticed that someone had broken into the back of her residence.  The burglars took a flat screen TV, a Wii game system, an I pad and assorted jewelry.  While at the home, officers were approached by several neighbors that said they saw a suspicious gray Toyota Sequoia SUV driving erratically around the neighborhood.  Officers were aware of a stolen Toyota Sequoia that was taken from Nederland the previous night and had the dispatcher advise all area units to be on the lookout for this vehicle. 

Port Neches PD also sent out a Nixle advisory and a Facebook post to alert citizens to report any possible sightings of the vehicle and suspects. 

Around 6:30 p.m., Central dispatch received a call from a Port Arthur citizen who had spotted a possible suspect vehicle near Twin City Hwy and Jimmy Johnson Boulevard.  The witness had seen the Nixle and Facebook post and believed that this vehicle and occupants matched the description on the Facebook post. 

A Port Neches Police Reserve officer was in the parking lot of the Fuel Depot, 7621 N. Twin City Hwy, when he saw the suspect vehicle at the gas pumps.  He relayed the license plate number to Central dispatch who confirmed that it was the vehicle reported stolen from Nederland the previous night.  Other officers arrived on the scene and took three suspects into custody. 

Officers were able to identify property in the vehicle as stolen from the burglary at Vincent Place in Port Neches and from an earlier burglary on Pleasure Island in Port Arthur.  All three suspects were initially charged with burglary of a habitation.  The driver of the stolen vehicle was also charged with possession of a controlled substance, cocaine, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and he had two outstanding Justice of the Peace warrants out of Jefferson County.  The driver was also in possession of a Ruger 9mm handgun that had been reported stolen in the Port Arthur burglary. 

Investigators are coordinating with area agencies to determine if these three suspects are responsible for any other local burglaries.  

Dorsey is charged with burglary of a habitation, theft, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and possession of a controlled substance.  His bonds total $115,000.

Williams is charged with burglary of a habitation.  His bond is set at $50,000.

Provost is charged with burglary of a habitation.  His bond is set at $50,000.  He has a $200 bond set for a previous charge of failure to appear in court for a traffic citation.
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