UPDATE: New charges filed against men accused in cell phone burglaries, high speed chase that ended inside Arsenal

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Police block drivers from entering Redstone Arsenal at Gate 10, Patton Road. (Photo: Jeff Gray/WHNT News 19)

Police block drivers from entering Redstone Arsenal at Gate 10, Patton Road. (Photo: Jeff Gray/WHNT News 19)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Four people face additional charges in a recent cell phone burglary investigation.

Last Wednesday, Huntsville Police arrested the men after a high-speed chase that ended just inside Redstone Arsenal Gate 10.  The situation caused heavy backups for drivers trying to get on the Arsenal that morning.

Gate 10 was also closed for more than two hours due to the crash site, which was just inside the gate.

Police say it appears to be connected to two early morning burglaries at Verizon cell phone stores, one at 6275 University Drive and the other at 2762 Carl T. Jones Drive.

These men were arrested in the case. From left to right:  Michael Anthony White, Dominic Antwyn Tilford, Jaevin Charles Figuero and Gary Richard Anderson. (Photos: Madison County Jail)

These men were arrested in the case. From left to right:
Michael Anthony White, Dominic Antwyn Tilford, Jaevin Charles Figueroa and Gary Richard Anderson. (Photos: Madison County Jail)

As police continued their investigation into these four men pictured above, more charges have been filed.

Madison County Jail officials confirm they now face two counts of Burglary 3rd degree and one count of Theft 1st degree, plus additional charges listed below:

-Michael Anthony White, 29, of Rochester, New York: Burglary in 1st degree, receiving stolen property 1st degree, theft of property 1st degree, arrest prior to requisition. He is in jail on a $300,000 bond, but is ordered to stay in jail on hold due to pending charges in another area.

-Dominic Antwyn Tilford, 27, of Louisville, Kentucky: Theft of property 1st degree.  He is in jail on a $200,000 bond.

-Jaevin Charles Figueroa, 24, of Moreno Valley, California: Theft of property 1st degree. He is also in jail on a $200,000 bond.

-Gary Richard Anderson, 20, of Raleigh, North Carolina: Theft 1st degree. He is still in jail on a $200,000 bond.

WHNT News 19 is still gathering details about what brought on these additional charges, and what case connects them to the four suspects.

Huntsville Police say the men led them on a chase along several roads last week, including Memorial Parkway, traveling up Governors Drive, Jordan Lane and then through the gate at Redstone Arsenal.

The chase ended in a crash just inside Gate 10, Patton Road.  Arsenal security were notified of the situation and put  up barricades, which caused the fleeing truck to crash.  Police say the four men jumped out of the truck and ran into a field on the Arsenal.  A police K9 and police officers caught them.

Arsenal leaders commented on the quick resolution.

“Our protective systems worked well and we’re pleased to be able to work closely with the Huntsville Police Department,” said COL Bill Marks, Garrison Commander.

A Huntsville Police cruiser was also damaged in the course of the chase and crash.  The officer was not hurt.

PATTON ROAD COP CAR DAMAGED

There have been four other ‘smash-n-grab’ styled burglaries to cellular phone stores in Huntsville in the last month.

30 comments

  • Michael

    “Authorities tell us investigators located the suspects by tracking cellular devices they stole from the Verizon store.”

    While it was used for good in this story, this part was alarming when taking into account the big picture.

      • Branko Pezdi

        No, the big picture is that any and all government authorities now have the ability to keep tabs on private citizens 24/7 without their consent or knowledge. The same thing is happening with the government-mandated black boxes being installed in all new vehicles. In all of these cases the private citizen cannot and is not allowed to turn off these tracking devices. Welcome to the world of George Orwell!

      • LAC

        How does your argument relate to this article? The last I remember Verizon is not a government agency. People subject themselves freely to tracking devices with cell phones and other devices, on star and such and social media apps. The black boxes you refer to do not provide real time tracking data. The do provide crucial evidence for traffic accidents and such. However, all data must be subpoenaed.

      • Branko Pezdi

        LAC, Michael brought up this very legitimate point. If you are unable to perceive this real threat to our freedoms that doesn’t make it any less real. All of our emails and cellphone conversations and text messages performed with private sector devices are supposed to be private yet the NSA has archived ALL of them. If you believe that a government not constrained by a Constitution and the people in this post-Constitutional era is not interested in knowing all it can about its citizenry then you are awfully naive. The infrastructure for more and more surveillance and loss of privacy is being built as we speak and the trend is accelerating. YOU may trust the government and FISA judges and whatnot, realists do not and never have.

      • LAC

        While I do believe that governments are somewhat too intrusive, I do not buy into the conspiracy theory that the NSA has a file with my name on it containing every email or phone call I make. To be quite honest, I dont think of myself that important that “the big government” needs to track everything I do. If I were part of you conspiracy theory, I would be much more concerned about the booming segment of society that could care less about their privacy. Their entire life is achieved on social media, free to everyone to find, including the government.

      • Branko Pezdi

        LAC,
        It isn’t a conspiracy theory that the NSA has archived and continues to archive all electronic communications. Edward Snowden outted the agency and James Clapper later admitted lying about it. This doesn’t mean, of course, that the government is secretly combing through these archives for whatever purpose – and it would take a tremendous amount of software reconstruction of the data – but the point is, the data exists and there is no guarantee that future governments infested with Obama-Lerner clones would not take unconstitutional advantage of these resources. The technology exists right now for the government to track the citizenry 100%. Furthermore the government is MANDATING this technology for all consumers, such as vehicle black boxes. I see no reason for future American governments not to become more tyrannical, as it is the inherent NATURE of politicians and government bureaucrats to desire to seize more and more power and abuse their constitutional responsibilities. Add increasingly advanced intrusive technology into the equation and the combination simply becomes too irresistible for the power interests. This ties in directly with your other point, which I agree with, about people not caring about their privacy and hanging out all their dirty laundry for the world to see. For freedom and liberty to survive the citizenry must be eternally vigilant but they are not. Ergo the trend to totalitarianism continues.

      • LAC

        I understand what your saying and i am a far right wing conservative and believe the government should have heavy constraints. I also believe the Supreme Court system holds a pretty good balance on data gathered unlawfully can’t be used against a person. What I dont understand is that people use a story like this to drum up hatred toward the government when the government had nothing to do with this. Sure there are stories of the government collecting data and such. However for every government story, ill show you two stories of facebook, apple, Verizon, at and t, instagram, hotmail, Gmail and so on that do the exact same thing. One entity is hated (sometimes rightfully so) the others are booming multibillion dollar businesses. I can find documented stories where social media sites have used “private information” for research, advertising, criminal cases and such, but i don’t know of a single case where the government has used information gained through data mining against a private citizen. Please correct me id I’m wrong on that.

      • Branko Pezdi

        Well, LAC, I’m just not as complacent about government abuse of private information as you are, and more importantly the potential that already exists for massive abuse on an unprecedented scale. Nor am I all that worried about corporate abuse, as that is money-oriented as well as government-regulated (to one extent or the other). In other words, corporations can be controlled but who watches the government? Today’s apathetic American populace doesn’t give me much confidence. Here’s an interesting article to read in response to your claim that government data mining of private citizens does not occur. http://townhall.com/columnists/judgeandrewnapolitano/2014/07/10/spying-on-innocents-n1860432
        You and I are basically on the same page, just to a different degree.

      • LAC

        Thanks for the article and I agree that I think we agree just to a different degree. Just for clarification, I did say government data mining doesn’t exist, as I certainly believe it does, just that I can’t remember a case where the practice (illegal-unconstitutional side of it) has been used by the government against a private citizen.good discussion though.

    • Big T

      Thank god I have ATT and don’t have to worry about them tracking my smart phone. I pay them a lot of money for Cell service and Internet service and ATT would never sell my information to the government. That would be unethical. Hold on, my phone is ringing and it might be Santa Claus returning my call. Good job HPD and RSA DOD Cops.

    • Mark Cumber

      And that is why I do not have a smartphone. I will not be hornswaggled out of my privacy just so I can play Angry Birds.

  • jb

    so…first they break into an alarmed building…then they steal a bunch of cellular devices (by the way, its almost 2015; everything has tracking devices these days. lol)…and of all of the places they could go, they go to GATED Redstone Arsenal…and THEN take off running on foot…through a field…Who was the brains of this operation? Of all of the four people, u mean to tell me that NOBODY was like, “Hey, maybe we shouldn’t do this…or maybe we should do that instead?” NOPE. The stupidity was apparently unanimous. Way to be ready Redstone Police!

  • Dane Parker

    I’m guessing these perpetrators didn’t finish school. Otherwise anyone else, criminal or not, would have foreseen this particular set of action opens the door (pardon the pun) for federal charges.

  • Don Ramsey

    Hey, cut ’em some slack… they’re from out of town. They didn’t know Redstone Arsenal was a major Federal installation with gates and guards and such as that. Too bad they didn’t still have the Bradley Fighting Vehicle that was posted at the Jordan Lane gate right after 911. That would have been neat. *smile*

  • Steelman

    Given how different their locations are and that they were doing this together, makes me wonder if it isn’t part of a larger organized criminal element. May not be but I sure would be considering looking into that.

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