The Commerce Journal

October 26, 2012

Four arrested in Commerce for organized criminal activity

By Caleb Slinkard
The Commerce Journal

COMMERCE — Oct. 18 was a busy day for businesses on Live Oak Street in Commerce. Four individuals were arrested for engaging in organized criminal activity at Burke’s, a local retail store in the 2200 block of Live Oak. Semaj Ramal Jackson, 28 of Paris, Cartrell Alberta, 20 of Mississippi, Lilly Tyson Gentry, 48 of Paris, and Michelle Tyson, 31 of Paris, were taken into custody following an investigation that revealed they had entered Burke’s with the intent to shoplift property, according to a press release by the Commerce Police Department.

“Jackson and Smith were both captured with property still on their person and custom jewelry was recovered from the car that they had come in,” the release read. “All persons were transported to the Commerce Police Department, where they were booked in for engaging in organized criminal activity/theft over $50 and less than $500.”

According to loss prevention personnel at the store, the four individuals were indiscriminately grabbing clothes off the rack and items off of displays and putting them into a shopping cart.

The charge was enhanced to a Misdemeanor A because they acted as a group. All four individuals were transported to Hunt County Jail, and Smith, Tyson and Gentry posted $5,000 bond. Jackson was still in jail as of Monday morning.

The Commerce Police Department responded to a call of shots fired at the Dollar General Store on Live Oak in downtown Commerce at approximately 9 p.m. According to a release from CPD, several shots were fired that hit a window and a door.

“The shots shattered glass and damaged some property at the store,” the release read. “No employees or patrons were hurt in the incident and Commerce Police Department Investigators are currently pursuing information received from witnesses at the scene.”

CPD is asking anyone with pertinent information about the incident to call the CPD at 903-886-1139.