State Trooper, Chris Cain was flagged down by a desperate victim who was allegedly a victim of theft. Trooper Cain held the suspects (pictured) until Livingston Police Arrived.
Family Helps Homeless People, Only to Become Their Victims of Alleged Theft, LIVINGSTON, December 27, 2016 - Shortly after 3 pm on December 26, 2016, Trooper Chris Cain was patrolling on Business 59 in Livingston when he was flagged down by a woman and her younger brother. The people explained to Trooper Cain that they spotted people who had stolen some of their property. Cain caught up to the alleged thieves and held them until Livingston Police arrived on the scene. Within a couple of minutes, Officer Scott Paske with LPD arrived and was soon joined by Sergeant Ronnie Bogany and Officer Kaleb Barker (also with LPD). The suspects, James Allen Brown, 37, of Livingston, and Destiny Desiree Francois-Jacocks, 19, of Livingston, were on foot when Cain caught up to them and detained them next to Galloway Exxon in the 142nd block of South Washington. Soon, Troopers Allen Stanton and Zach Lenderman also drove up on the scene.
A Family Lent Their Home to the Suspects...
According to the victims, Laura Reyna and her two younger brothers had a substantial amount of property stolen from them. Laura stated to PolkCountyToday.com that on Christmas Eve, while she was out of town, her two younger brothers came in contact with the Brown and Jacocks and were moved to help the two homeless. The two brothers opened their home, fed them, allowed them to use their bathroom and shower, and allowed them to stay the night. The next day, the two left on their way, apparently thankful for the hospitality. Later in the day, when nobody was at home, Brown and Jacocks allegedly broke into their home. "They found a concrete block in the back yard and used it like a hammer to bust the back door open". Brown and Jacocks succeeded and allegedly went through their home and stole lots of their property. Laura Reyna said that when she spotted them walking that they had one of her bags from her home using it to carry her stolen property. "I'm having to cancel my credit and debit cards", Laura Stated. "I'm trying to not be a victim of identity theft".
Stories Didn't Appear to Line Up...
As Brown was grilled with questions from the Troopers and Police Officers his stories were inconsistent. The policemen did indeed find Reyna's property (exactly what property wasn't disclosed). Both Brown and Jacocks were placed under arrest and charged with theft of property and are currently residing in Polk County Jail. The two are also suspects in some burglaries that have happened in the same time frame in the same vicinity.
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Sergeant Ronnie Bogany questions 37 year old James Allen Brown, of Livingston.
2 Problems: Stories were inconsistent, and the suspects had stolen property.
19 year old Destiny Desiree Francois-Jacocks became frustrated with questions and began screaming at the police, Officers Scott Paske and Kaleb Barker cuffed her and placed her under arrest.
Officer Kaleb Barker speaks with Laura Reyna and one of her 2 younger brothers (David).
James Allen Brown, 37, of Livingston
Destiny Desiree Francois-Jacocks, 19, of Livingston
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