Reckless thief apprehended due to combined efforts of BPD, JCSO

Chandler Gilford

With a demonstration of teamwork, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) and the Beaumont Police Department captured a burglar in Beaumont’s South Park neighborhood the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 4, according to Officer Tony Harding.

Shortly after 8:30 a.m., Beaumont Police Department patrol officers were dispatched to assist JCSO deputies who were in pursuit of a stolen Lexus. After leading several deputies and BPD patrol officers on a lengthy chase, disregarding numerous traffic laws, red lights, stop signs, and school zones, the driver, identified as 17-year-old Beaumont resident Chandler Gilford, eventually lost control of the sports car and crashed at the corner of Alma and Ogden. Gilford effectively evaded the officers for a very brief time on foot but was found hiding under a nearby residence. A passenger who jumped out of the vehicle in the area of Glenwood and Fifth was seen hopping over a fence and fleeing onto Ozen High School’s campus, causing the campus to go into lockdown mode. After searching the campus, the passenger was not found, and the school lifted the lockdown.

According to BISD special assistant to the superintendent Nakisha Burns, no students were in any danger, and no reports of injuries were given.

“There were a lot of parents that picked up their child from campus because it’s their right to do so,” Burns said, adding that it was not required as students completed the day without incident. “We sent out notification to parents after the lockdown was released, but the students were in no danger.”

Gilford was transported to Jefferson County Jail and charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle and evading in a motor vehicle. The second suspect, the passenger, has not yet been located.