Weatherford Democrat

April 23, 2014

Burglary suspects caught after stop for unlit license plate

Weatherford Democrat


Three men police believe burglarized a Willow Park convenience store early Monday morning didn’t make it far. 

Roy Donnell Coleman, 30, Quadrian Elliott Parker, 27, and Arthur Lee Valentine, 27, all of Dallas, were arrested and charged with burglary of a building after an unlit license plate led to their arrest. 

A Willow Park police officer initially stopped a tan Ford Crown Victoria shortly before 3 a.m. 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. 

The three men were then arrested, and the gloves, hooded sweatshirts, black hat and crowbars in the vehicle were seized as evidence.