Citizen Reports Burglary in Progress; Several Arrests Made (Press Release)

by Public Information Officer, Friday, April 20, 2012, 02:00 (2495 days ago)

At 8:05 am on April 17, 2012 the Abilene Police Department responded to a call of a burglary in- progress. The burglary occurred at a residence in the 1700 block of Westmoreland Street. A concerned citizen took action to alert APD that a burglary was in-progress and they were monitoring and reporting observations while staying in contact with APD. Officers with the Patrol and Special Operations Divisions responded to the call. The description of several suspects was provided by witnesses during this incident. The investigation revealed that several suspects had fled from the burglary in a vehicle. The getaway vehicle was located abandoned in an alley in the 1200 block of N. Mockingbird Lane. They were able to track down this suspect vehicle by following a trail of fluid that had been leaking from the vehicle due to a hasty getaway that resulted in the vehicle bottoming-out. Two suspects were spotted by officers in the 1500 block of Bridge Street. Corroborating facts helped officers identify these two suspects as criminally responsible for the burglary. The investigation further led to the recovery of some stolen property. The suspects were identified as Summer D. Brewer, DOB: 01/04/94 and Michael X. Gonzalez, DOB: 04/19/94. Both were arrested for Burglary of Habitation. Additionally, Ms. Brewer was arrested for Criminal Mischief for damaging the window on a patrol car during transport to Taylor County jail.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division, Crimes Against Property Unit, picked up the investigation and continued to follow leads. Serial numbers provided by the victims were essential tidbits of information in this investigation. On April 18, 2012, three more suspects were located and taken to the Law Enforcement Center (LEC) for questioning. Prior to taking these suspects to the LEC, more stolen property was recovered at a residence where these suspects were located. The investigation revealed that two of these additional suspects were also criminally responsible for the burglary and they were arrested for Burglary of Habitation. They were identified as Alexx R. Cooper, DOB: 04/19/91 and Lamar D. Sonnier, DOB: 04/01/93. Links to the crime were verified. Approximately $400.00 of stolen property was recovered.

Crimes are ideally thwarted or solved when witnesses in our community monitor and alert law enforcement with their observations. In this instance, all the citizens involved took an active approach to say no to crime and yes to their community; and they did so without jeopardizing their safety—we thank them for making a difference!

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