Alert Citizens Foil Burglary (Press Release)

by Public Information Officer, Thursday, June 28, 2012, 02:00 (2491 days ago)

ABILENE, TX – On June 8, 2012 a daytime burglary in the 200 block of Arnold Boulevard was reported to the Abilene Police Department (APD) by a concerned citizen. The investigation would reveal that this burglary had all the appearances of being undetected had it not been for concerned citizens reporting suspicious activity they witnessed that late Friday afternoon.

The concerned citizen notified APD that a male adult suspect was seen coming out of a residence carrying a larger-size flat screen television. What caught the citizen’s attention was the fact that the concerned citizen knew the resident whose home was being burglarized. This eyewitness had also seen the suspect before. All of this appeared out of the norm to the witness and that’s why the police were called. The eyewitness kept watch over the criminal act while continuing to update the call-taker at APD Dispatch. As the police were dispatched, the eyewitness also observed more property being taken out of the house, but this time the eyewitness observed an accomplice, a young female suspect. The eyewitness advised APD Dispatch that they were recording the crime with a camera.

Officers with the Patrol Division arrived within minutes and began investigating. Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division, Crimes Against Property Unit, were summoned and they took primary control of the investigation. The victim also arrived at his residence just prior to police arrival. By this time the suspects had fled the victim’s home and had gone to another residence. The victim confirmed he had been burglarized.

Police contacted the male suspect outside the residence that the investigation revealed had been used to secure the stolen property. The male suspect was positively identified by two witnesses as the male suspect transporting property out of the victim’s home. Detectives with the property unit made application for a search warrant. That application was honored and a search warrant was authorized by a magistrate. Hours later, the search warrant was executed at the residence that contained the alleged stolen property, but not before an adult female and a juvenile female came out of the residence. They were detained and identified. During the process of identifying the females, the juvenile female was positively identified as the other suspect in the burglary. During the subsequent search, stolen property was located inside the residence and recovered. Some of that property included the television, cigarettes and the victim’s wallet containing the victim’s identification.

The male suspect was identified as Edward Clark Brown III, DOB: 4/2/91. He was arrested on the charge of burglary of a habitation and for 11 municipal warrants. The female suspect was identified as a juvenile and taken to the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with burglary of a habitation.

This release highlights the response from members in this community who clearly said “no” to crime. They were instrumental in foiling this burglary. These witnesses stand out as brave and upstanding citizens and examples of people in a community making a difference!

This case was investigated under incident case # 12-10227 and will be referred to the Taylor County District Attorney’s office for their consideration of charges.

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