RED OAK — The Ellis County Sheriff's Office has arrested three people in connection with a burglary of a home but is still searching for the fourth.
Barbara Marie Spendlove, 27, and Michael Reed Hammon, 31, both of Syracuse, Utah, and Robert Lee Spiser Sr., 44, of Allen, have been charged with engaging in an organized criminal activity. Deputies are still searching for one suspect, Douglas Lee Deckard, who remains at large at this time. Deckard was driving a 2001 Mazda extended cab truck.
According to a previous Daily Light article, the burglary took place on Sept. 11.
“Ellis County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a burglary in the 200 Block of Bells Chapel Road in Red Oak. Deputies learned that actors forced entry into the residence, taking miscellaneous articles, credit cards and a large sum of US currency,” Ellis County Sheriff’s PIO Sgt. Joe Fitzgerald said previously. “The actors were seen by a witness fleeing the area in a white Mazda extended cab truck. A picture of the truck was captured on video surveillance.”
Fitzgerald stated that the sheriff’s criminal investigators learned that the actors proceeded to use the victim’s credit cards at a Home Depot, Macy’s, and McDonald’s in Mesquite.
“Ellis County Investigators discovered that the Red Oak Police Department had a similar burglary reported on Sept. 4. Investigators learned the actors made entry into a residence and took miscellaneous items along with credit cards,” Fitzgerald explained. “The actors used the credit cards at Home Depot and McDonald’s in Mesquite.”
The Wayne McCollum Detention Center’s website notes that Spendlove and Hammon were booked in on Monday and Spiser was booked in on Sept. 30. They currently remain in custody as of noon on Thursday, each with a $125,000 bond for engaging in an organized criminal activity.
Spiser has other charges that include possession of fewer than 28 grams of a controlled substance, possession of more than four but fewer than 200 grams of a controlled substance, possession of fewer than 28 grams of a Grade 4 controlled substance, possession of fewer than 28 grams of a Grade 3 controlled substance, and four charges of possession of a dangerous drug from the Rockwall County Sheriff’s Office.
He has a charge of theft of property greater than or equal to $750 less than $2,500 from the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office and a theft of property $750-$2,500 charge from the Collin County Sheriff’s Office. Spiser’s bond on those charges totals $72,000.
People with information about this case are asked to call Ellis County Criminal Investigator Joshua “JP” Key at 972-825-4929. They can also contact the Ellis County Crime Stopper organization at 972-937-PAYS if they have information. Callers can remain anonymous.