The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

Local News

April 24, 2013

Sheriff warns of vehicle burglaries

Residents urged to lock cars, homes and buildings

PALESTINE — A rash of vehicle burglaries in the south end of the county and in an area just west of Palestine has led Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor to issue a warning to residents in those areas.

The burglaries are under investigation, with several suspects identified by officers and one arrest made so far.

“The subjects usually travel in pairs, with one driving a vehicle and another going from house to house with a bag checking for unlocked doors,” the sheriff said. “When their bag is full, they call their ride.”

Taylor urges residents to lock their cars before they go to bed, as well as their homes, barns and other outbuildings — any place that a thief might target.

“In a lot of these cases, people are leaving their cars unlocked,” the sheriff said. “And they are leaving their guns, computers, e-readers and other expensive items where they can be seen in the vehicle.”

The sheriff urges residents to keep records of their serial numbers on all their personal property, including guns, tools, electronic devices, etc. in order to aide in recovery of stolen items.

He also asks for help from residents by reporting any suspicious activity to the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

“We need your help,” he said. “If you know anything about these crimes, please call us at 903-729-6068 or Crime Stoppers at 903-729-TIPS (8477).”

Mary Rainwater may be reached via e-mail at mrainwater@palestineherald.com

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