02-03 sandifer-01

Kendall Sandifer

> A short chase through the woods Saturday ended in the arrest of a third suspect in a string of vehicle break-ins in Westwood.

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> At roughly 6:30 p.m., Palestine Police officers located Kendall Sandifer, of Arlington, near Tile Factory and West Point Tap Roads in Westwood.

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> Sandifer, 20, was wanted on warrants related to burglaries from vehicles over the past week,

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> He fled through the woods before he was captured by Officer Carlton Allen.

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> Two other suspects, Dallas Painter, 19, and Justin Ramirez, 23, both of Palestine, were arrested Thursday in connection with the thefts.

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> Palestine Police interim Chief Mark Harcrow told the Herald-Press Friday the suspects allegedly combed Westwood neighborhoods, looking for unlocked vehicles.

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> Burgars rarely break the window of a vehicle, Harcrow said, so it pays to always lock your vehicle.

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> Sandifer was transported to the Anderson County Jail and charged with burglary from vehicle, engaging in organized criminal activity, theft of a firearm, and evading arrest.

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> Bond has not yet been set.

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> “All of the officers did a great job in locating and arresting this suspect,” Harchrow said.

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> All suspects are to be considered innocent until proven guilty.

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