Lubbock police have arrested 22-year-old Brandon Hughes. He's charged with burglary. Jason Wadsworth also 22, is charged with felony theft and 22-year-old Jeremiah Grizzle who is charged with theft. Police believe the three burglarized at least 15 houses in South Lubbock, stealing more than $75,000 worth of merchandise. Now, the construction companies say they will rest a little easier knowing the case was cracked.
After 20 break-ins in 21 days, police have broken a construction theft ring. "The majority of the items taken have been recovered," says Mike Thoma, owner of Mike Thoma Construction.
Thoma is happy to claim what's rightfully his after what seems like an endless streak of burglaries. "This is where our dining room table was and our bakers rack was right there." But the missing dining room set and bakers rack were recovered by Lubbock police along with a virtual smorgasbord of other merchandise belonging to local contractors.
"We have everything from industrial refrigerators, to washers, dryers. We've got five dishwashers tools, you name it," says Sgt. Keith Woodard with the Lubbock Police Department. He says police were given tips on where the items were located. "We discovered there was a large amount of that material in his home. We were able to recover it from his home and we also indentified a second subject where we recovered a number of items from his storage unit. We had to rent a U-Haul because there was so much of it."
Thoma even offered a reward out of his own pocket to encourate someone to speak up about the burglaries. And this case is evidence someone finally did. "We were ecstatic. We wanted to see it stop and it did stop when they put their reward up but we wanted to see the people caught and convicted," says Thoma.
Police believe there are more suspects to be found in this rash of burglaries. They are currently investigating those.