New details released in 4 county burglary spree - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/11/09

New details released in 4 county burglary spree

NewsChannel 11 learns more about how authorities say three men victimized dozens of South Plains families after their arrest Tuesday afternoon. Lubbock County investigators say the suspects watched their victims to find out when they were home.

Wednesday night, Abundio Barboza, 21, of Abernathy was jailed on a $100,000 bond for burglary. He was also held on a $10,000 bond for evading arrest. 

Enrique Cuvillier, 23, is also charged with burglary. He's also from Abernathy and was held on a $100,000 bond Wednesday night.  

The third suspect, Michael Gray, 23, of Shallowater, was also jailed on a $100,000 bond for burglary.

Lubbock County Sheriff's Deputies took all three into custody Tuesday afternoon. The arrests followed a high speed chase through Lubbock and Lynn Counties with speeds reaching upward of 130 m.p.h.  

Investigators say they could link the suspects to 35 burglaries in Lubbock, Lynn, Hockley, and Hale counties. Investigators tell NewsChannel 11 that the suspects would watch their target before the break-in to see when their victims would not be home.

They also say the burglaries had a similar M.O., including an unusual connection with the victim's refrigerators. "They, for some reason, were hungry.  They were definitely in the refrigerator," Lubbock County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Paul Scarborough said.  

Investigators say it appears the suspects would at times take food from the victim's refrigerators, other times they would pause to eat it.

More charges are expected against the men. Scarborough says the ATF is looking into several of the cases involving stolen weapons. NewsChannel 11 will continue to uncover the details in this string of burglaries, including a military warrant filed against one of the suspects and the criminal pasts of the others.  That's coming up tonight on NewsChannel 11 at 10.

2/10/09
Charges pending against 3 burglary suspects
Dozens of residents in four South Plains counties now feel safer and have a sense of justice following Tuesday's arrests of three men authorities suspect are behind a series of burglaries in four area counties.

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