A teen’s brazenness in wearing a jacket stolen from a jeweler’s car into the owner’s business and an alert officer ultimately resulted in three teens’ arrests in connection with vehicle thefts, a home burglary, a stolen car and a gun theft.
One teen is also expected to be charged with trying to escape on the way to the juvenile detention center in Greenville, police said Monday.
“We’d had a rash of vehicle burglaries recently. In one of the cases, a revolver was taken. Wednesday, two males went into a jewelery store [in Windsor Plaza], one wearing a jacket stolen out of the owner’s car. The owner recognized her jacket and contacted police,” Sulphur Springs Police Investigator Monty Tipps said Monday.
They’d apparently broken into her car, parked behind the Windsor Plaza business, two days in a row, including the day the suspects entered the store. The woman’s jacket caught her eye. She believed it to be hers and called police.
Police viewed store video, which showed two teens enter the store to try to sell an item, then leave when they were unsuccessful. Patrol officer Seth McDaniel, from prior dealings, was able to positively identify the pair, one was a juvenile and the other a 17-year-old.
“Officer McDaniel has a good eye, remembers people well. He’s a good officer. His attentiveness helped identify two of the suspects, which got this case moving,” Tipps said.
Police then were able to locate and talk to the teens. Three teens were implicated altogether. Police got a confession in relation to car burglaries and took the teens into custody. SSPD Det. Bo Fox talked to a 15-year-old about a home burglary. He was alleged to have entered his grandmother’s home without permission, took her car car keys then her car.
The 17-year-old was taken to the county jail. Tipps loaded up the 14-year-old and 15-year-old and transported them to Greenville to be housed at the juvenile detention center.
“As we arrived in Greenville, one attempted to escape. He tried to get out of the moving vehicle. I got it stopped and got him caught before he could get out. Both were then taken to the detention center in Greenville,” Tipps explained.
All three were charged with burglary of a motor vehicle. Police anticipate the 14-year-old and 17-year-old will be charged with theft of a firearm. The 15-year-old and 17-year-old are epxected to be charged with burglary of a habitation. The 17-year-old should also be charged with at least one more vehicle burglary. The 15-year-old also faces an unauthorized use of a motore vehicle charge, escape and other vehicle burglary charges, according to police. The 17-year-old was released from jail Sunday on $5,000 bond on the vehicle burglary charge he was jailed on Friday.
“Some of the charges have been filed already, some charges we are working on and they will be charged with later. Other charges could also be added, depending on the route the continued investigation takes,” Tipps said.
Some of the property reported stolen in the burglaries — knives, sunshades and GPS — has been recovered, while other property — including the revolver — had not been recovered as of Monday morning, police said.
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