Group indicted in break-in at Van Alstyne gas station
Grayson County grand jurors returned indictments this week against several individuals alleged to have burglarized a Van Alstyne convenience store back in April.
Indictments are formal charges and are not considered evidence of guilt.
Brandie Jackson, 36, of Tyler, Aaron Flowers, 18, of Garland, and Jason Hicks, 40, of Tyler were each indicted on charges of engaging in organized criminal activity, claiming a fraudulent lottery prize, theft of property and burglary of a building.
The charges all stem from an April 10 break-in at a gas station in the 800 block of West Van Alstyne Parkway in Van Alstyne.
An arrest affidavit filed in the case by Van Alstyne Police Detective Dale Ingram said that VA police officer Jonathan Hoffman responded to a call at the station about a break-in. He found that someone had smashed the front plate glass door. Once inside, they took an unknown number of state lottery tickets and packages of cigarettes.
The affidavit said that video surveillance of the store showed three people taking part in the crime.
Ingram called the state lottery officials who said the tickets had been cashed in at store locations in Plano, Dallas, Garland, Mesquite and Tyler. Ingram then contacted law enforcement in those locations. A detective from the Red Oak Police Department responded that they had similar crimes committed in their area and said that the woman pictured in the video from the Van Alstyne crime scene was known to them as Brandie Joy Jackson.
Also indicted on charges related to that incident were Jessie Robertson, 41, of Dallas and Brandon Reed, 18, of Garland, who were each indicted on charges of engaging in organized criminal activity, claiming a fraudulent lottery prize, theft of property and burglary of a building.
The April 10 break-in at the store in Van Alstyne is not the only one for which the group were indicted. The group was also indicted on similar charges for incidents that police allege happened in other locations during March and April.
None of the group had attorneys of record listed on the Grayson County Judicial Records website Thursday.
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