Three arrested so far in connection with recent rash of car burglaries
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

April 25, 2006 -- Sulphur Springs police, assisted by Hopkins and Delta County Sheriffs' Offices, have identified three men believed to be responsible for at last eight of the recent rash of motor vehicle burglaries in Sulphur Springs.

As of Tuesday morning, authorities had recovered property taken from eight different burglaries and were still following up on leads which could result in more charges, more recovered property and clearing more burglaries from the books, SSPD Investigator Monty Tipps said Tuesday.

All three men have been arresed at least once over the course of the last week. One currently remains in the county jail awaiting arraignment.

Tipps and Delta County Sheriff’s Investigator Johnny Williams arrested Christopher Drew Burden, 18, of Pecan Gap at his residence Friday on a felony warrant for theft of property. Tipps and SSPD Investigator David Gilmore arrested Burden's brother, Billy Wayne “Trey” Burden III, 20, of Pecan Gap in Commerce Friday on a felony warrant for theft.

Both bonded out on $5,000 bond on the charges Saturday, but Billy Wayne Burden III was arrested again at 4:16 p.m. Monday by Commerce police on a felony theft warrant. He remained in the county jail Tuesday awaiting arraignment on the charge.

A third man from Enloe was also implicated in the incident, but officers declined to name him as he had yet to be arraigned on the charge. He was said to have been caught attempting to pass stolen checks in Commerce.

Officers followed up on leads which led them to a Delta County location, where they recovered several items. The recovered property included a gun, an electric knife, a cellular telephone, a book of checks, and CDs which had been stolen during the Sulphur Springs vehicle burglaries. Hopkins County sheriff's officers also located some property which had been stolen from a vehicle in Sulphur Springs recently.

"We're going to be able to give property back to at least eight victims," Tipps said. "Some of the stolen guns are still missing. Some of our main concerns was getting them accounted for."

Authorities are still working on the cases, but all three will be charged for the gun theft, and charges are pending in connection with other incidentss.

For local motorists, Tipps suggests locking the doors when leaving a vehicle unattended, and parking away in a driveway or close to a residence when possible. Also, avoid leaving valuables such as expensive stereo systems, radar detectors or firearms in plain sight as deterrents against would-be car burglars.

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