34 Firearms Reported Stolen Since Start Of New Year - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/5/06

34 Firearms Reported Stolen Since Start Of New Year

A string of burglaries since the start of the year has Lubbock County Sheriff's Investigators concerned. Not only did the thieves take more than $50,000 worth of property, they've also stolen more than 30 firearms. Now, authorities have enlisted the help of NewsChannel 11's Most Wanted to bring these burglars to justice.

This is a special edition of Most Wanted, because we don't have a picture of the suspects to show you, but with 34 shotguns, handguns, and rifles stolen and now unaccounted for, sheriff's investigators need your help. "This is of great concern to us," Lubbock Sheriff's Captain Antonio Menchaca said.  He says he's never seen a series of related burglaries in this short of time.

Menchaca says not only have the thieves hit 23 homes in Lubbock County; he says the same group hit homes in Hockley and Hale Counties. "They have similar M.O.'s. Several of these burglaries, the same type of vehicle has been seen," Menchaca said. 

In Lubbock County, most of the burglaries happened in the northwest corner of the county, around Shallowater. Hockley and Hale County authorities report their burglaries happened near the same Lubbock County border.

"That's what makes this significant is that Hockley County, the northeast corner that abuts Lubbock County, they've had seven and Hale County had one," Menchaca said. 

That makes 31 burglaries since the start of the year, meaning almost a burglary a day since January 1st.  Right now, the sheriff's office has more than $52,000 reported in stolen property and damages. In those reports are 34-firearms which create concern among law enforcement.

"The majority of our illegal weapons on the street get there because they're stolen through burglaries," Menchaca said.

Now, authorities hope you will keep a watchful eye, and help bring these burglars to justice. "You live there and you're very familiar with who your neighbors are, what they drive, even who their friends are and who their relatives are. So, you have a better understanding then we do of who should be there and who shouldn't," Menchaca said. 

Again, authorities have a limited description of the suspects. They've connected a dark, four-door, passenger car to this series of burglaries. Right now, they can only say bthree; Hispanic males could be behind the wheel. If you know anything about who's behind these burglaries, or if you see anything suspicious in your area, call Crime Line at (806) 741-1000. You can remain anonymous.  

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