Johnson County sheriff’s deputies responded to a burglary in progress Jan. 8 at Hawk’s Pantry in the 5500 block of U.S. Highway 67, Alvarado.

According to the reports, a clerk working inside the store after closing made the call, telling dispatchers that suspects were attempting a forced entry.  

Sgt. Butch Barbee and Cpl. Ken Bartlett responded to the call and requested assistance from the Alvarado Police Department, Sheriff Bob Alford said.  

“Sgt. Tim Cortez, Alvarado Police Department, arrived on the scene first, at which time he engaged in a short foot pursuit, then a vehicle pursuit with the suspects, who attempted to flee in their vehicle,” Alford said, noting the store clerk indicated that the suspects, later identified as Stanton Teague, 18, and Thomas Gonzales, 18, accompanied by a third suspect, had come into the store earlier and proceeded to the back of the store. The clerk described the suspects to officers as “appearing stressed” while looking at the back door. They then purchased $10 worth of gasoline and left, the clerk told officers.

Alford said the clerk related that, after closing, she heard a noise near the deli area and, when she checked, she observed a large metal object pushed completely through the door and the deadbolt pried out.  

Witnesses at the scene knew the suspects and were able to provide a positive identification, Alford said, noting Gonzales and Teague were taken into custody and transported to the Johnson County Corrections Center. The two men were subsequently charged with burglary of a building, $5,000 bond, and engaging in organized criminal activity, $5,000 bond. Teague was released on bond Jan. 9, while Gonzales remains incarcerated, according to reports.

“I appreciate the responding deputies and the Alvarado police officers who assisted,” Alford said, noting this was the second incident in a week when deputies responding to a reported burglary in progress led to the successful arrest of multiple suspects.