Cleburne police and Johnson County sheriff’s officers are looking for connections between 13 people arrested by Bridgeport police Tuesday as suspects in at least 35 burglaries over an 18-month period in North Texas and Oklahoma and several burglaries in Cleburne and Johnson County last year.

The suspects gained entry through the roof or through a back wall and focused on stealing safes and ATMs, Bridgeport Police Sgt. Bobby Arriola said. The number of burglaries could reach 250.

The suspects include several family members from White Settlement, Arriola said.

Cleburne police Sgt. D.J. Rogers said he assisted Bridgeport police in their investigation because of similar burglaries in Cleburne last year.

Rogers was also involved in the roundup of the suspects.

Johnson County Sheriff Bob Alford said investigative work after a burglary at Cactus Jack’s Western Wear in Alvarado on Jan. 3, 2005, helped link a burglary suspect to the burglary ring arrests.

Multiple law enforcement agencies worked in a cooperative initiative, as the burglary syndicate operated in North Texas and Oklahoma, Alford said.

Sheriff’s Office Detective James Dorsey was the case agent when Cactus Jack’s was burglarized last January. During the course of the investigation, Dorsey obtained DNA evidence at the crime scene.

Two days later, Dorsey learned that Mansfield police arrested Alfred Massey in a suspect vehicle registered to Danny Seeders Sr. and another suspect, Bobby Seeders, fled from the Mansfield officer.

Burglary tools and a firearm were recovered, and Massey did jail time for possession of the weapon and was released from custody Nov. 4.

Texas Ranger Mark Reinhardt and Dorsey conducted a “knock and talk” at the Seeders residence in White Settlement, interviewing Tammy Seeders and Jimi McDonald, with negative results, Alford said.

Dorsey then held an intelligence gathering meeting at the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office after several Dollar General stores and other businesses in the county were burglarized the same way as Cactus Jack’s.

On Jan. 19, 2005, an IGA store in Bridgeport was burglarized and on Feb. 10, 2005, Euless police arrested Bobby Seeders, Casandra Glass and Matthew Barnett, who were in possession of property taken in the Bridgeport burglary.

Arriola coordinated an intelligence gathering on the Seeders group, and the DPS crime lab issued a report in November 2005, indicating a DNA match from several different crime scenes, Alford said.

Oklahoma police agencies issued arrest warrants for Tammy, Bobby and Danny Seeders and Cassandra Glass. In the meantime, Bridgeport police obtained arrest warrants for Michael and Jerry Cato.

Johnson County Sheriff’s Detective Don Beeson and Dorsey assisted in the multi-agency warrant service and apprehension.

“Tammy Seeders was arrested at her residence in White Settlement. During the attempt to serve a warrant on Jerry Cato in Parker County, Dorsey found stolen items in Cato’s truck, including a pair of boots stolen from Cactus Jack’s. Dorsey ultimately apprehended Cato in the Azle area. When Dorsey took Cato into custody, the suspect led him to safes stolen in previous burglaries and dumped in Tarrant County. Cato admitted to the Cactus Jack’s burglary and named his accomplices,” Alford said

The parole board issued a warrant for Danny Seeders Sr. for a parole violation and the following are in custody at this time: Danny, Bobby and Tammy Seeders; Cassandra Glass; Hud Parker; Jimi McDonald; Jerry Cato; and Tommy Blackstock.

DNA samples from the suspects has been obtained and is pending analysis, Alford said.



Rob Fraser can be reached at 817-645-2441, ext. 2336, or rfraser@trcle.com

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