The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

January 16, 2013

Juveniles arrested for burglary; investigation ongoing

Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — Two juveniles remained in custody Tuesday after being arrested for their involvement in a burglary in which more than $10,000 in electronics and jewelry were stolen from a Montalba residence.

According to Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor, the suspects — a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old juvenile — were arrested on Sunday and Monday, respectively, as part of an ongoing investigation into the burglary, which was reported to the ACSO on Jan. 5.

“Investigator Ryan Tolliver has been investigating the case and its development, and discovered these two suspects,” Taylor said. “He also is looking into two adults suspects who may be involved.”

According to reports, suspects gained access to the residence on ACR 4631 and stole more than $10,000 in electronics and jewelry, including flat screen televisions, computers, laptops, gold and silver necklaces, an ipad and gaming items.

“We have located some — a very small amount — of the property in an out-of-town pawn shop,” the sheriff said. “We are working to recover more of the property, but unfortunately, if some of the items were taken to ‘crack houses’ or similar locations, they will probably not be recovered.”

The investigation of the case is ongoing, Taylor said. He also reminded the public to take precautions against burglaries of their own homes.

“We encourage people to develop relationships with their neighbors and watch each other’s homes when they are out of town,” he said. “And don’t talk about vacations or being out of town on (social network sites), because burglars are watching those sites too.

“Tell about your trip when you get back,” he added. “Do everything you can to help keep your property safe.”

The juvenile suspects are being held at the Anderson County Juvenile Detention Center on the charges of burglary of a habitation.

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