Police, deputies clear burglaries
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Dec. 19, 2005 - Sheriff’s officers  were successful last week in clearing up four burglaries, including one which occurred in Sulphur Springs while Sulphur Springs police solved at least two burglaries, according to police and sheriff’s department reports.

Deputies began clearing cases on Wednesday when a routine traffic stop on State Highway 19  yielded a trailer reported stolen from Gladys Alexander Drive. Deputy Ron England was credited with that stop, which netted the stolen trailer. The trailer was suspicious due to missing identification numbers.  Officials are processing paperwork to secure an arrest warrant.

Then on Thursday night, Investigators Jace Anglin and Lewis Tatum concluded several month’s investigation into the theft of a stolen motorcycle. The investigators found the bike, stolen from a business on Interstate 30 at U.S. Highway 67, in a Rains County pasture near Lake Tawakoni Thursday night.

On Friday morning, Deputy Rickey Roberts took a report from a County Road 1181 resident who said a door and frame at his residence had been damaged and at least one gun, a Barretta .380 cal. pistol valued at $300, missing. 

Fortunately for him someone nearby saw two men, who he  identified as 18-year-old Aaron Cole Bennett and 19-year-old Marcus Ryan Helton, enter the residence and to describe the vehicle they left in. After learning the identity of the suspects, investigators began following up on leads, which resulted in an informant reporting that the pair was likely headed to Wal-Mart in Sulphur Springs. Investigators Anglin and Tatum, along with Chief Investigator Andy Chester, set up nearby, watching for the suspects. They stopped them in Wal-Mart parking lot, where they smelled burnt marijuana in the vehicle, giving them probable cause to search the vehicle. Helton was arrested after the missing pistol was found in his pocket, Bennet after crystal methamphetamine was found in his pocket. 

Bennett and Helton were charged Friday morning with burglary of a habitation, unlawful carrying of a weapon, possession of crystal methamphetamine and possession of marijuana.

Tatum interviewed the pair at the sheriff’s office and they confessed to two burglaries, the one on County Road 1181 as well as another on County Road 1118 that was not reported until Saturday by the victim. They told the officers where to find the stolen guns, which included an SKS semi-automatic rifle taken from CR 1181 Friday, according to investigators.

Saturday night, officers recovered the SKS rifle from a South League Street residence, where it was said to have been traded by Bennett for the crystal methamphetamine found in his pocket. Crystal methamphetamine was also found in the bedroom of the League Street house. Investigators said they are in the process of filing paperwork to get a warrant for the resident’s arrest for having the stolen property and drugs, Chester said.

Investigators retrieved 11 long guns and a sword that were taken in the CR 1181 and CR 1118 burglaries from beneath a County Road 1165 bridge .  Four of the long guns as well as ammunition were taken from CR 1181, the rest from CR 1118 in Brashear.

On Sunday night, city police took a 22-year-old Sulphur Springs woman into custody for burglary of a habitation, a second-degree felony offense.  Officers Chris Rosamond and Jason Ames responded to a report of a woman attempting to enter a Putman Street residence. While en route, they were further advised the woman had entered the home and was attempting to assault the complainant. Upon arrival, they found the front door of the residence damaged and an “extremely agitated” suspect, Lashadrian Nashel Riley-Timmons, inside. She was charged with burglary of a building.

�Police also recovered an air conditioner, furnace and other items used with the cooling and heating equipment from a Vonda Drive residence late this week.

The items were left at the residence by a man who checking on an air conditioning system. The homeowner became suspicious when the worker told her she could pay for the items out in the course of the year after she indicated inability to afford it at that time. After seeing the man’s name in the newspaper in For The Record police were contacted and the man was arrested.

The serial number on the a/c unit as well as a company name and address were traced to Dallas, where they had recently been stolen.

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