Athens Review, Athens, Texas

March 25, 2013

APD nabs two

Link to recent burglaries probed

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — The Athens Police Department answered numerous calls for break-ins and thefts over the weekend scattered around the city, and arrested two teens Saturday who are being investigated as having been involved in recent burglaries and criminal-mischief incidents.

APD Lt. Michael Davis said the suspects are 14-year-old boys who were picked up in relation to a burglary at Lona Mauk’s State Farm Insurance in the 700 block of East Corsicana Street. The pair has been turned over to Henderson County Juvenile Detention authorities.

APD dispatch received a call at 2:34 a.m., Saturday, reporting that an alarm had sounded at the State Farm Agency. Officer Marshall Passons responded to the location along with Cpl. Dana Dykes and Sgt. Jason McEntire. The officers found the teens inside the building.

“We think it’s going to tie in, and clear up a lot of other criminal mischief in this area,” Davis said. “We’re not sure yet, but we think we might tie them into other burglaries.”

Davis said the suspects are not likely to be behind the recent string of air-conditioner thefts in the area, at least not alone.

“They would need to have some kind of vehicle for that,” Davis said.

In addition to the State Farm burglary, three air conditioner condensers were reported taken on Saturday from Home Health Hospice at 1315 S. Palestine St. The owner said the units had been replaced just eight months ago.

Also on Saturday, officials of the Air Force Recruiting Office at 113 S. Murchison St. told police that criminal mischief had been done to the back door of the building.

A trailer was stolen from Cole Air Conditioning in the 600 block of North Palestine Street.

Walmart contacted APD Saturday night concerning a woman who had been detained at the store for shoplifting. Police arrested Eva Mildred Crutchfield, 31, for theft with two previous convictions. Crutchfield remained in jail Monday, with bond set at $5,000.

Walmart also reported organized retail theft on Sunday. At about 8 p.m., a store official told police of the incident, and gave a description of a vehicle that had been at the scene.

A break-in at an attorney’s office in the 100 block of East Tyler Street was reported to police. A burglar apparently broke in through the front door, and stole a computer monitor and keyboard.

On Sunday night, America’s Best Value Inn in the 700 block of East Tyler Street reported another kind of theft. According to a store official, customers left without paying their bar tab. Police took a report of theft, $50 to $500.