Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

August 12, 2013

Failed heist lands two in county jail


Mineral Wells Index

— By CLINT FOSTER



Cigarettes can be very addictive, but two Fort Worth men went to great lengths seemingly to satisfy their craving, and their efforts landed them in Palo Pinto County Jail.

Palo Pinto County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Mike Sudderth said his office received a call from the Fort Worth Police Department early Wednesday morning, around 4:15 a.m. A task force consisting of officers from FWPD, Arlington PD and other metroplex police forces were surveying two black males from Fort Worth – Dwayne Smith, in his late 30’s, and Cornelius Davis, in his early 30’s – who were suspects in a series of convenience-store burglaries around the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

Sudderth said the task force followed Smith and Davis out of Fort Worth, around Weatherford for a while, then around Mineral Wells for a while, until they finally went out on U.S. Highway 281 south toward the Interstate. They traveled as far as Ranger Hill before they turned around and headed back east on Interstate 20.

According to Sudderth, Smith and Davis stopped at an Exxon station around the State Highway 108 exit to Stephenville. The task force observed as the two men proceeded to knock out the front glass of the convenience store with a hammer and immediately went for what they apparently saw as the most valuable item within – the cigarettes. Smith and Davis began loading a “large amount” of cigarettes into their car when their plans went up in smoke.

“They were swarmed up by about 10 officers from [the task force] and taken into custody,” Sudderth said.

As of Friday, Sudderth said Smith and Davis remained in Palo Pinto County Jail, both charged with burglary of a building. In addition, one of the men was in possession of a controlled substance, possibly methamphetamine. Bond for the burglaries is set at $20,000, a piece, and an additional $20,000 for the drug charge.

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