Police Chief makes arrest in home burglary - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/9/09

Police Chief makes arrest in home burglary

By Ann Wyatt Little  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Four people will spend the night in jail after breaking into two different homes in broad daylight. They hoped to make away with thousands of dollars in stolen electronics, but thanks to the victim and quick police work that didn't happen.

Lubbock Police say home burglaries are more likely to happen during the day then you might think.

Information about the burglaries in progress came in quick from one of the victims and an undercover officer who witnessed the second crime. Because of their quick thinking police were able to make arrests and recover the stolen goods.

When 39-year-old Johnny Guerrero pulled up to his house in the 200 block of Cherry Street he knew something wasn't right, someone was walking out with his stuff. He rushed into his house, his relatives were asleep inside.  "The victim went inside and looked around. He challenged the second suspect and began to chase him around the house when a third suspect hit him over the head with a firearm," says Captain Greg Stevens with the Lubbock Police Department.

After Guerrero came to, police say he jumped in his vehicle and followed the suspects to the 2700 block of East 2nd Street. He called police and when they arrived Guerrero pointed officers in right direction. Police saw a juvenile walking out of the house who matched the description of one of the suspects. After a brief foot chase the 16-year-old was taken into custody and the stolen gaming equipment was recovered.

About an hour and half later, around 1 p.m. Wednesday, in the 1300 block of 62nd Street and undercover officer noticed four men had jumped a fence and landed in the backyard of a house. The officer continued to watch when he saw the back door swing open. "They exited the fence with property in their hands all indications were that the property was stolen," says Cpt. Stevens.

The officer radioed the crime in, requested back-up and got the chief. Cpt. Stevens says Police Chief Dale Holton was on his lunch break and was the first to respond. "He may be the chief but he's a Lubbock police officer first and he responded just like any officer would," says Cpt. Stevens.

Chief Holton took one of the suspects into custody after a brief foot chase. Police say these two crimes are examples of community and the force working together to catch burglary suspects. They say it does make a difference.

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