Justin Lee Ware is arrested and taken to the Young County Law Enforcement Center on Wednesday, Dec. 18.
Justin Lee Ware is arrested and taken to the Young County Law Enforcement Center on Wednesday, Dec. 18. (Julianne Murrah)
Young County Sheriff's officers arrested three suspects Wednesday afternoon in the parking lot of Citibank on Hwy 16 in Graham. The arrests were made in connection with a Tuesday, Dec. 17 burglary of a residence on Lynnwood Drive, just east of Graham.

The Young County Sheriff's Department released the names of the three suspects as Justin Lee Ware, 26; Candace Marie Correll, 20; and John Steven Denson, Jr., 26. Young County Sheriff Bryan Walls said that on Tuesday, Dec. 17, his department responded to a report of a burglary of a habitation at the 300 block of Lynwood Drive.

Items taken from the residence included jewelry, laptops and checkbooks. Later that day, a stolen check from one of the occupants of the residence on Lynwood was forged at the Citibank in Graham. The same day, checks stolen from the same residence were also forged at Fred's Super Dollar store in Jacksboro, as well as several other locations in Jacksboro and Graham, including Beall's.

Early Wednesday afternoon, Ware attempted to forge another check at the same Citibank in Graham while Correll and Denson waited in a 2002, green 4-door Nissan Altima in the bank parking lot. Citibank employees notified the sheriff's department, who arrived at the bank minutes later.

At roughly 1:15, Ware fled from sheriff's deputies and walked into the Taco Casa restaurant on Hwy 16 through the employee entrance. Ware was apprehended and arrested shortly after emerging from the bathroom of the restaurant.

According to Tony Thomas, owner of the Taco Casa on Hwy. 16, Ware walked into the restaurant through the employee entrance near the drive-thru window. He then walked through the food preparation area among the Taco Casa employees, acted as though he was a customer, and then went to the bathroom.

“He walked right by one of the girls, and then another girl (employee) turned around and said, ‘Who are you?'” Thomas said. “And then he walked out (to the lobby) and stood there. There were something like 20 people in the restaurant, and he was just walking out amongst everybody. Then he went to the bathroom, and when he came out of the bathroom, that's when the officers jumped on him.”

Thomas said that Ware had a cut above his eye that was bleeding profusely. Correll and Denson were both arrested in the Citibank parking lot. Inside of the green Nissan Altima, sheriff's deputies found most of the stolen property from the Lynwood burglary the previous day.

Methamphetamine was also found in the car, along with the controlled substances alprazolam and promethazine. Promethazine is used to relieve allergic reactions, and alprazolam is a generic form of Xanax, an anti-anxiety drug.

Ware is charged with burglary of a habitation, forgery of a financial instrument, possession of a controlled substance penalty group 1 (methamphetamine), possession of a controlled substance penalty group 3 (alprazolam), and possession of a dangerous drug (promethazine). Ware was also charged with credit/debit card abuse, evading arrest and resiting arrest.

Denson and Correll are both charged with burglary of a habitation, forgery of a financial instrument, possession of a controlled substance penalty group 1 (methamphetamine), possession of a controlled substance penalty group 3 (alprazolam), and possession of a dangerous drug (promethazine).

The three suspects are currently awaiting arraignment at the Young County Law Enforcement Center. Sheriff Walls said the arraignment should happen sometime this afternoon.

The residents of the burglarized house on Lynnwood were not available for comment at this time.

For more details as they are forthcoming, read the full story in this weekend's Graham Leader.