Busy day for LPD, bad day for burglars - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/9/09

Busy day for LPD, bad day for burglars

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By Ann Wyatt Little - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Police caught four thieves red-handed in broad daylight Tuesday thanks to one of the victims, an undercover officer and the Chief of Police in two separate crimes.

Lubbock police say the success rates for making arrests and recovering stolen property increase if they are able to receive information while a burglary is actually going on and that's exactly what happened Monday.

The victim, 39-year-old Johnny Guerrero, pulled up to his house around 11:30 a.m. and saw someone walking out of his with his X-Box. He rushed inside because relatives were napping. Once inside he charged a second suspect and was struck with a gun in the head by a third who he did not see.

Despite his head injury, Guerrero was determined to catch those who broke into his house. "The victim got into his vehicle and followed the suspects to the 2700 block of East 2nd Street and called police," says Captain Greg Stevens with the Lubbock Police Department.

A 16-year-old was arrested and the stolen property was recovered. Guerrero was taken to University Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

The second crime took place in the 1300 block of 62nd Street when an undercover officer spotted four men jumping over a fence into the backyard of a house. He immediately called in the burglary in progress and requested back up.

"He may be the Chief of Police but he's a Lubbock Police Officer first and will respond to a call just like anyone else," says Capt. Stevens. Chief Dale Holton was on his way to lunch when he heard the call out and was the first to arrive on the scene. He chased one of the suspects on foot and arrested one. Two others were taken into custody, a fourth man remains on the run.

Police say burglaries happen more often during the day than you might think.

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