Six arrested for ATM theft

Six Houston men were arrested Wednesday in connection to the theft of a pickup truck and attempted theft of a Regions ATM. Pictured, top row, from left, are Reco Ross, John Joubert, Ronnie OBryant Jr.; bottom row, from left, are Dreshawn Anthony, Judah Frankhagen and Alvin Jackson.

JONESBORO — Six men suspected of stealing a pickup truck from a hotel and using it in an attempted ATM theft in Jonesboro were arrested Wednesday in East Texas.

In an incident report, the Jonesboro Police Department reported that the men used a chain and white pickup truck to try and steal a machine from the Regions Bank branch on Southwest Drive. The botched theft caused an estimated $30,000 in damage to the ATM.

The attempt was grouped with a report of a truck stolen from Candlewood Suites. The white 2004 Ford F-250 Supercab was registered to Centerline Electric Company, which is based in Bells, Tenn.

“A large amount of tools and personal effects” with an estimated value of $16,233 were inside the vehicle, the report states.

Nacogdoches, Texas police arrested the suspects following a traffic stop on U.S. 59, according to an incident report. Three of them were in the truck, while the others were in a separate vehicle.

“During the stop officers noted signs of possible criminal activity occurring and conducted a probable cause search of the vehicle,” the Texas report read. “Officers located items and tools consistent with criminal organizations involved in burglaries. Officers were able to make contact with the second vehicle and through investigation noted the subjects had been traveling together and also had items related to ATM burglaries.”

NPD learned of the Regions Bank theft through a joint investigation with JPD and the FBI, it read. Alvin Jackson, 26, Reco Ross, 29, Ronnie OBryant Jr., 27, John Joubert, 29, Dreshawn Anthony, 28, and Judah Frankhagen, 27, all of Houston, were subsequently arrested and jailed in Nacogdoches County.

The men were being held on suspicion of engaging in organized criminal activity, which is a second-degree felony in Texas punishable by 2-20 years in prison and/or a fine not exceeding $10,000.

As of Thursday, only Ross, Bryant and Jackson have been released, records show. The stolen items were also recovered, the incident report read.

In Jonesboro, the suspects face charges of first-degree criminal mischief causing property damage valued at $25,000 or more, theft of property valued at $25,000 or more, theft of a vehicle valued at less than $25,000 but greater $5,000 and theft of property greater than $5,000 but less than $25,000 from a vehicle, records show.

The local police probe into the thefts are ongoing, said Sally Smith, public information specialist.

“JPD is currently working with other agencies. … No other information will be released at this time.”