|Search warrant at Como home solves burglaries|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
July 31, 2005 - Local law enforcement were one step closer to clearing two building burglaries from the books, thanks to a search warrant at a Como residence that turned up several of the stolen items and ultimately resulted in two arrests Friday.
Acting on information they had received indicating the valuables from two building burglaries, which totaled more than $1,500, might be at the residence, investigators asked for and received a warrant signed by the district judge granting them permission to search the State Highway 11 east residence.
The warrant was served to Richard Lopez shortly after 4 p.m. Friday, by Hopkins County Sheriff’s Investigator Lewis Tatum, Red River Valley Drug Task Force investigators and other officers specially trained in tactical maneuvers, according to sheriff’s reports.
While conducting the search, the investigators found items from both burglaries, including items dating back to World War II which the victim later positively identified. At that point, a 23-year-old man was arrested on theft charges, a felony offense due to the value of the stolen property which ranged between $1,500 and $20,000, according to arrest reports. Lopez remained in the county jail early Saturday awaiting arraignment, according to jail reports.
While executing the warrant, officers also encountered another man, a 30-year-old from Sulphur Springs, who pulled into the drive at the residence. When Tatum and a task force investigator approached him, the man refused to divulge information regarding his identity, then compounded his troubles by attempting to drive away, according to arrest reports.
the officers were able to get the man to stop using verbal requests, but the he refused to get out of his vehicle. He continued to resist the officers when they attempted to get him out of his. The man’s actions earned him a trip to the county jail where he was booked for failure to identify and for resisting arrest or detention, arrest reports indicated.