4th man implicated in garage burglary

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

A fourth man has been arrested and more property continues to be recovered from the burglary at Thomas Garage on West Industrial Drive.

Kenneth Ray Burnett, 48, his son Gregory Scott Burnett, 25, and Robert Ozuna, 26, all of Quitman were arrested one week ago on felony burglary of a building and a misdemeanor burglary of a vehicle charges. Since then a fourth suspect, 20-year-old Michael Wayne Montgomery of Quitman, was arrested on a felony burglary of a building charge.

Police put out an alert to be on the look out for a brown Oldsmobile a witness saw leaving Thomas Garage after loading up tools and other items around 10:15 p.m. Feb. 20. At 11:30 p.m. sheriff's officers spotted the car, which they followed to a State Highway 154 livestock business south of Sulphur springs. Sulphur Springs patrol officers and other deputies converged on the area. The three occupants were identified as Kenneth Ray Burnett, his son Gregory Scott Burnett and Robert Ozuna, who lived down the street from the pair. All three were arrested half an hour later for burglary of a building after one of the suspects admitted all three were at the location when the tools were stolen. Most of the tools were recovered in Wood County that night.

The three were later charged with burglary of a motor vehicle after a man who had parked his truck between the 127 Club and Thomas Garage discovered his vehicle had been broken into and items stolen. Officers had seen the stolen items in Montgomery's car.

Subsequent interviews of the trio resulted in a fourth man, Montgomery, being implicated for fleeing Thomas Garage. The trio claims Montgomery committed the vehicle burglary. Officers obtained a burglary warrant for Montgomery based on the information. Sgts. Monty Tips and Bo Fox, investigators for Sulphur Springs Police Department, went with Wood County deputies to his residence, which he shares with Ozuna, and arrested him on the charge. During an interview at SSPD, he "gave a full confession" to the garage burglary but denied involvement in the vehicle burglary.

"We still have property coming in daily," Tipps said Wednesday morning. "Mr. Montgomery brought in some more property yesterday, a socket set, which has been returned to the garage. For the most part everything from the tools has been recovered."

Value of the stolen property was estimated at $5,000.

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