Sheriff arrests ring theft suspect in woods after hair DNA match

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On Friday, February 11, 2022, at approximately 2:15 p.m., Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a robbery at the Tiffany & Company jewelry store located in the Market Street shopping district of The Woodlands, Texas. Deputies heard a black man stole two rings and when processing the scene for potential evidence fingerprints were obtained, along with a single facial hair, potentially from the suspect’s beard .

On June 21, 2022, Woodlands Township Detectives – Criminal Investigation Division received correspondence in reference to the facial hair submitted. The DNA match belonged to an individual identified as Jaythan Lawrence Gilder of Houston, who matched the description of the suspect in the Tiffany & Company robbery.

Jaythan Gilder

Detectives also learned that Jaythan Gilder has 12 active felony warrants in multiple Texas state jurisdictions, including two through the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. Woodlands Township detectives consulted with the Gulf Coast Violent Offender Task Force (which included members of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team) for the arrest of Jaythan Gilder.

On July 1, 2022, Jaythan Gilder was located in the Houston, Texas area and taken into custody without incident on open MCSO warrants, and was transported to Montgomery County Jail.

On July 5, 2022, detectives filed an additional criminal theft charge against Jaythan Gilder in reference to the theft from Tiffany & Company on February 11, 2022.

Source: Thomas Hudson, Specialist, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Administrative Services

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