The Commerce Journal

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June 21, 2010

More arrests reported in Commerce

COMMERCE — The Commerce Police Department is reporting two more arrests which occurred during this past weekend.

A Commerce man was arrested and charged with evading arrest or detention, theft between $50 and $500 and false alarm.  

At around 2 p.m. Sunday a man identified as Maurice Goudeau of Commerce went into the Commerce Wal-Mart Supercenter and took a Pioneer 1200 watt amplifier.

According to reports, Goudeau then exited the store through an emergency door setting off the store’s fire alarm system, then ran with the merchandise. Citizens that had witnessed the theft followed Goudeau and along with store officials contacted the Commerce Police Department.  

At one point, Goudeau dropped the items in a church parking lot. Shortly thereafter Commerce officers found Goudeau and yelled for him to stop. Goudeau failed to do so, was then pursued on foot by officers and arrested.

Thanks to the witnesses, officers were able to recover the stolen property and catch the fleeing man as well as discarded evidence along the way. Goudeau was booked in at the Commerce Police Department and subsequently transferred to the Hunt County Jail were he is being held on a $1,500 bond for evading arrest or detention, a $1500 bond for theft and a $1,000 bond for false alarm.

A Commerce man was arrested Sunday and charged with unlawfully carrying a weapon.

Shortly before midnight Sunday officers were dispatched to the area of an apartment complex in the 1800 block of Live Oak on a report of two suspicious men walking around with bandanas covering their face. Upon arrival, officers located two men fitting the description given.  One man was still wearing a bandana around his neck area. Upon making contact with one of the men, he was found to be in possession of a small .32 caliber pistol which he was carrying in his pants pocket. The man was identified as Justen Mabry of Commerce. The man also had a loaded pistol magazine.

Mabry was arrested and taken to the Commerce Police Department where he was booked-in on a charge of unlawfully carrying a weapon, then transferred to the Hunt County Jail where he posted a $1,000 bond for the charge.

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