On the morning of September 12, Roman Forest Police Officer Sieman reviewed a video of a theft of an air conditioner that occurred on September. Less than 30 minutes later, the officer spotted the grey Nissan Frontier that was in the video. Officer Sieman stopped the vehicle and turned the 5 occupants over to Chief Stephen Carlisle for questioning.
Later, another suspect was identified and picked up for questioning.
Roman Forest Police utilized teamwork with Chief Carlisle interviewing the suspects and witnesses, while streaming live information to Sgt. Jasonis, allowing him to gather evidence and verify information.
Christopher Justice of New Caney, Jordan McCrary of Roman Forest, and David Joshua Gill of Porter were arrested and charged with Engaging in Organized Crime, a third-degree felony.
On the early morning hours of September 9th, Christopher Justice, 20, Jordan McCrary, 20, and David Joshua Gill, 18, allegedly participated in a crime spree that began with driving the streets of Roman Forest looking for vacant houses in a blue PT Cruiser. Then police say they stole and striped the copper coils of several air conditioning units. They later returned with a grey Nissan Frontier to pick up the larger air conditioner parts then transported the stolen items to a local scrap yard where the suspects sold them for cash.
"The unsuspecting thieves did not realize that they were being recorded by surveillance cameras," Chief Carlisle said. "Let this be a message that thieves will not be tolerated in Roman Forest."
The suspects admitted to involvement in many more area air conditioner thefts. One of the suspects said that they were responsible for up to 20 more air conditioner thefts in East Montgomery County. Chief Carlisle will be forwarding the information to Montgomery County Deputies.