Wanted Vehicle Thief Arrested At Local Hotel (Press Release)

by Public Information Officer, Friday, March 21, 2014, 16:37 (1522 days ago)

ABILENE, TX – What preceded the employment of our Department’s Tactical Unit for assistance in apprehending a wanted subject was a traffic violation that was observed by a Patrol Division officer at about 1 a.m., March 19, 2014. The patrol officer spotted a white Monte Carlo driving the wrong way down East Highway 80. The officer attempted to contact the driver after turning his patrol unit around and observed that the violator had already turned into a hotel in the 700 block of East Highway 80. The driver immediately ran from the Monte Carlo before the officer could catch up to vehicle. The patrol officer ran after the driver. The patrol officer provided a description of the fleeing suspect, but attempts to locate the offender were unsuccessful. However, the patrol investigation revealed that the Monte Carlo had been stolen, but not yet reported to the Department because the owner was unaware. A report for felony theft of a vehicle was taken (case # 14-4926). Further investigation revealed that the Monte Carlo contained a shotgun that did not belong to the registered owner; the shotgun was seized. Further investigation that morning linked the shotgun to a burglary of a motor vehicle in the 500 block of Scotland Court (case #14-4954) that had occurred hours earlier from an unlocked vehicle. Information was acquired during these investigations and provided valuable insight to a known suspect; England C. Andrews Jr. (DOB: 03/04/95). This information led officers back to the same hotel later that morning where it was believed Andrews had been residing. Officers had obtained an arrest warrant for Andrews for the offense of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle that was related to yet another stolen vehicle (later recovered) incident that occurred between March 12 - 13th (case #14-4534) at an apartment in the 3500 block of Curry Lane.

Officers with the Abilene Police Department (APD), including several elements of the Tactical Unit; detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division; agents with the Special Operations Division and Patrol Division officers; assisted in locating Andrews at the hotel where he surrendered without incident. Moments prior to arresting Andrews, a female subject residing in a different room in the hotel exited her room while possessing a soft rifle case. This female was briefly detained and alerted officers that the case contained a shotgun for which the woman feared might be related to why police were looking for Andrews. The investigation concerning the surrendered shotgun later revealed that it had been stolen during a motor vehicle burglary in the 1100 block of Albany Street between March 14 – 16th (case # 14-4760) and sold to the female subject by Andrews. Andrews was taken to the Law Enforcement Center for questioning. A search of Andrews’ hotel room revealed several items of property, including property belonging to a victim of yet another motor vehicle burglary that occurred in the 3500 block of Rolling Green Drive (case # 14-4446) between March 11 – 12th, where a wallet, credit cards, social security card, birth certificate, and expensive sunglasses were stolen.

The investigation revealed that Andrews was complicit in all the criminal incidents mentioned in the above paragraphs. He was also found to have been directly involved in several other crimes including: 1) the theft of a pickup truck parked at a hotel in the 1700 block of East Overland Trail on March 11th (case #14-4366) that contained two handguns. The truck was later recovered at another hotel, but the two handguns remain outstanding; and 2) a motor vehicle burglary that occurred in the 3700 block of Patriot Drive between March 12 – 13th (case #14-4516). A handgun and cash had been stolen from this vehicle overnight. Entry to the vehicle was through a possible unlocked door. The handgun in this incident was subsequently recovered.

Andrews was arrested and taken to county jail on the state-jail felony arrest warrant and for the following offenses: 3rd-degree felony Theft of a motor vehicle (2 counts) and state-jail felony Theft of a firearm (2 counts). The investigation is ongoing. These cases will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for their consideration of charges. Andrews’ bonds were set at $140,000.

APD reminds our community that we all must work together to prevent crime—citizens are the first line of defense in preventing crime. Please help us by ensuring you remove all of your valuables from your car, take your car keys with you and know their whereabouts at all times, and lock your cars. By doing these things, you mitigate one of the three key ingredients that is present in crime: opportunity.

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