Athens Review, Athens, Texas

April 17, 2014

More burglary complaints

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — The Athens Police Department continues to get numerous burglary complaints, and on Tuesday investigated a break-in of a vehicle parked at East Texas Medical Center.

At 11:03 p.m., Officer Michael Reynolds spoke to a caller who had found a women’s purse at a car wash in the 400 block of South Palestine Street. A driver’s license, with the name of the purse’s owner was discovered, enabling police to contact a 50-year-old woman who had lost the purse.

Reynolds spoke to the owner of the purse, an employee at East Texas Medical Center, who said it had been taken from her vehicle while it was in the employee parking section. The officer took a report on the burglary, and also reviewed video surveillance.

While watching the video, Reynolds saw that the purse had been taken at about 9:15 p.m. The officer also observed a suspect vehicle in the offense.

APD reports said Reynolds later located the vehicle on the ETMC surveillance video as it was parked at a residence in the 300 block of McDonald Street. The officer made contact with a man who denied involvement in the ETMC vehicle burglary, and referred to himself by a name that turned out to be false.

Juan Ramirez, 27, was taken to the Henderson County Jail to be booked for failure to ID and resisting arrest. The burglary remains under investigation.