Friday arrest clears up burglaries in other cities

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Mar. 27, 2007 - An arrest by Sulphur Springs police Friday wrapped up three local car wash burglaries and several from surrounding areas, as well.

The  Greenville man was arrested for burglary of a coin-operated machine Friday afternoon, and at least one criminal mischief and two burglary charges are expected to follow.

Police first began working the coin-operated machine burglaries at local car washes on March 19. Laser Wash on South Broadway Street was broken into on both the 19th and 22nd. A car wash on Helm Lane was broken into on March 22, as well. 

A suspicous vehicle had been seen at the Broadway Street car wash the night of March 22, and police later found surveillance video which showed it at the same car wash on March 19. The vehicle was tracked to Greenville, and a warrant was issued for the vehicle owner's arrest.

Friday afternoon,  Sulphur Springs Police Investigators Bo Fox and Investigator Monty Tipps, accommpanied by Greenville police, went to the man's residence and took him into custody. He was taken to SSPD, where he gave a video statement confessing to the three burglaries in Sulphur Springs as well as the burglaries of coin-operated machines in Commerce, Greenville and surrounding areas. 

Fox said that while the man has thus far only been arrested on the one burglary warrant, authorities plan to pursue charges for those additional burglaries, as well as for criminal mischief, as the March 19 break-in caused $2,000 damage to the machine.

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