Longview Police have taken seven people into custody on burglary charges over night Wednesday night, from two different burglaries.
The first was at L.C. Automotive on Green Street, where police allegedly caught Christopher Dee Bridges of Longview and Jeremy Ray Overman, of Kilgore, breaking into the building. Police arrested them for burglary of a building. The two didn't have the chance to actually steal any items from the business before they were caught.
The second burglary happened at the Blockbuster on South High Street. An alarm call had come from the store and witnesses said they saw about five people in a vehicle who were trying to leave the store's parking lot. After police stopped the car, officers allegedly found gloves, burglary tools, and several meter boxes that had been pried off the rear wall of the Blockbuster in the car.
Officers also noticed that a business close to the Blockbuster had its backdoor pried open, though nothing had been taking. A shotgun was located inside the suspect's car, and one of the suspect had illegal knuckles in his pocket. Several stolen Blockbuster DVDs were in the car as well.
Those suspects in that burglary are Stephen Crooks, Ashton Lamar Lloyd, Datwan Maurice Dickson, Marcel Deshaun Chiles, and Deandre Lamar Pipkin. They have been booked into the Gregg County Jail.