Suspects Waive Hearings in Burglary that Led to Stand-off

DUBOIS – Two suspects in a burglary that led to a stand-off in DuBois waived their rights to a preliminary hearing recently during centralized court.

Travis Roy Gonzales, 31, 111 Spring Ave., DuBois, and Torry David Gonzales, 33, 316 S. Jared St., DuBois are also charged with criminal conspiracy/burglary, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, possession of firearm prohibited, make repairs/sell offensive weapon, access device fraud and criminal mischief. Both remain incarcerated in lieu of $10,000 monetary bail.

Their co-defendant, Rikki Lee Stephens, 21, currently an inmate of the jail, is facing similar charges. She waived her right to a hearing Aug. 12.  Her bail is $40,000.

The trio is accused of breaking into a DuBois home sometime between June 28 and June 29 and removing over $68,000 of property. This crime led police to a Spring Avenue residence where they apprehended Torry Gonzales.

When they knocked on the door of the residence, it was shut in an officer’s face. Because it was believed other suspects were inside, police evacuated the area and waited for a search warrant. When police entered the home, it was discovered to be empty, according to previous reports.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, an officer spotted Gonzales outside the Spring Avenue home on June 30. Because he was wanted on a warrant in addition to being a suspect for the burglary, he was approached.

Gonzales was bending half his body inside a vehicle to avoid the officer. The officer requested he show his hands, but he did not comply and kept bending over the back seat of the vehicle. He was then placed under arrest.

When the vehicle was searched, officers said they found a sawed off shotgun of the same type stolen in the burglary, where Gonzales had been reaching. In the front seat, they found a backpack with items missing from the burglarized home.

Additional items including two safes were recovered from the DuBois Manor Motel in a room rented by Gonzales, police said. A search warrant served on luggage owned by Travis Gonzales uncovered more items taken in the crime.

In an interview with police, Stephens admitted to being in the motel room where she had seen the stolen items.

Another witness told police Stephens and Travis Gonzales borrowed her vehicle the night of the burglary. They returned to the Spring Avenue home with a box of items. When this victim asked where the items came from, Stephens told her they went into a house. Travis and Torry Gonzales left again and returned with food, jewelry, and two guns wrapped in a towel, the witness said.

Among the things stolen were the victim’s credit cards. Police were able to review security footage of the transactions on the cards on June 30. In one of these, officers saw Torry and Travis Gonzales purchasing items at Martin’s Grocery Store and in other footage Travis Gonzales and Stephens using the card at the Dollar General Store in Brookville.

In a separate case, Travis Gonzales is charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He waived his hearing and bail is $10,000 in this case. According to the affidavit, he had marijuana and methamphetamine when he was taken into custody July 2.

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