Police apprehend fleeing burglary suspect

Tomas Jesus Moraida

Police have arrested a suspect they say was caught crawling out of the broken door of a local liquor store, but not before the man fled the scene with a bundle of booty and led the officers on a chase through Beaumont neighborhoods. 

According to Sgt. Cody Guedry of the Beaumont Police Department (BPD), officers quickly responded to an alarm call at Jake's Liquor at 2968 4th Street in Beaumont they received at 3:39 a.m. Upon their arrival at the scene, officers observed a man crawling through the damaged front door of the business, his arms burdened with pilfered items from the store. Before police could grab the suspect, the man ran to his vehicle and drove rapidly away with officers in close pursuit.

The officers followed the man down Beaumont streets for some time, but he refused to stop the vehicle, Guedry reports. Officers then deployed tire deflation devices, or spike strips, causing the suspect vehicle's tires to go flat and forcing him to pull over in the 600 block of Goodhue. The suspect, identified by police as 47-year-old Tomas Moraida of Beaumont, was arrested for burglary of a business and evading in a motor vehicle. 

A criminal database search revealed Moraida was arrested for family violence in 2004, for both theft and burglary of a habitation in 2009, the latter being a second-degree felony. He was convicted of burglary in 2010 and sentenced to a four years in TDCJ on that charge.