Suspects Tied To Stolen Property And Drugs Arrested (Press Release)

by Public Information Officer, Friday, March 29, 2013, 15:43 (2151 days ago)

ABILENE, TX – On Thursday, March 21, 2013 at approximately 4:15 p.m., officers of the Abilene Police Department’s (APD) Patrol Division responded to a burglary at a residence in the 1500 block of Friars Street. The victim had contacted APD after coming home to meet with a family member that detected the burglary. The preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect(s) had left the residence with stolen property and there were no signs of forced entry. Stolen property totaled over $4,000. The investigation quickly gained some momentum when a lead concerning the location of one of the stolen items was discovered. Additionally, the responding officer, Officer Chris Hall, made a keen observation related to another residential burglary that had also just been reported and that had occurred in the 1700 block of Cedar Crest Drive. During this subsequent burglary, a concerned citizen actually witnessed suspicious activity at the victim’s home and inquired into the activity. That inquiry by the citizen would prove invaluable to the investigation and garnered both suspect and suspect vehicle information, including a license plate number. A preliminary investigation at the Cedar Crest address revealed that the residence had been forcibly entered and a television had been stolen. A records check of that license plate revealed a registered owner in the 1300 block of S. Jefferson Street. That address matched the investigatory lead obtained by Officer Hall.

Officers converged to the area of 1300 S. Jefferson and located the suspect vehicle. Officers contacted a Mr. Daven A. Mallard at the residence and were granted entry. Equipped with information about the stolen property, officers quickly realized that stolen property was in plain sight. Mr. Mallard, along with another resident named Ms. Brittany A. Haynes, gave officers written permission to search the residence. The search revealed stolen property from the burglarized homes. Additionally, approximately 4 grams of cocaine and measuring scales were located in Ms. Haynes’ bedroom. A witness assisted officers in identifying Mr. Mallard as the person seen unloading the stolen property and taking it into his residence. These two suspects were taken to the Law Enforcement Center for questioning by detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division.

Mr. Mallard (DOB: 12/08/86) was arrested for three felony offenses: Manufacturing/Delivery of a Controlled Substance (cocaine) and Burglary of a Habitation (two counts). Ms. Haynes (DOB: 05/07/84) was arrested for two felony offenses: Manufacturing/Delivery of a Controlled Substance (cocaine) and Possession of Stolen Property.

This investigation highlights the importance of community involvement whenever suspicious activity is observed. As the front line of defense in preventing crime, the concerned citizen who initially detected the activity contributed greatly towards solving this crime. These cases will be presented to the Taylor County District Attorney’s office for consideration of charges. This investigation continues and more information may be released as the investigation allows.

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