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June 1, 2014

Convenience story burglary suspects indicted



A Parker County grand jury Thursday indicted three men accused of burglarizing a Willow Park convenience story last month before police stopped them for an unlit license plate. 

Roy Donnell Coleman, 30, Arthur Lee Valentine, 28, and Quadrian Elliott Parker, 27, were each indicted on a charge of burglary of a building. 

A Willow Park police officer initially stopped a tan Ford Crown Victoria shortly before 3 a.m. April 21 after observing it driving in the 4100 block of the south service road of Interstate 20 without a rear license plate light and then speeding at 80 mph.

During the traffic stop, a second officer was dispatched to a burglary alarm at a convenience store in the 4000 block of the I-20 south service road, according to the complaint. 

None of the three men in the car – who reportedly said they were lost and trying to make it back to Fort Worth – had valid driver’s licenses, according to police.

Meanwhile, the officer dispatched to the alarm found that the chain lock had been pried off and the business entered, according to Willow Park police.

The driver of the vehicle, Coleman, consented to a search of the vehicle, police reported, adding that gloves, a black hooded sweatshirt, a black toboggan hat and two iron crowbars were found in the vehicle. 

Surveillance video at the business reportedly showed three black males – a thinner man wearing light colored khaki pants and a black shirt, a thinner man wearing black pants and a black hoodie and a heavier man wearing blue jeans, a black hoodie and a ball cap – breaking the lock off the door and two suspects entering the business. 

The video reportedly showed the two men who entered attempting to pry open a safe with crowbars while the third man remained outside. 

The description of the suspects matched the men in the vehicle and the officer who watched the video then identified the men as the burglary suspects, according to police. 

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