Two men arrested in connection to multiple burglaries in Aransas Pass

ARANSAS PASS, Texas- A statement from Aransas Pass Police Department states that a burglary occurred at an Aransas Pass High School maintenance shed on January 6th, 2020. The suspect(s) broke into the shed, and items stolen included trimmers, mowers, blowers, drills, chainsaws, and a green utility vehicle. These items were estimated in value at $7,000.

On January 10th, contractors at a local apartment complex, which has been under renovation since Hurricane Harvey arrived to find two adult males entering apartments. When the contractors attempted to make contact, the males fled empty-handed in a green UTV. A description of these males was obtained.

The statement goes on to say that on January 10th officers took a Burglary report from a house that has been under renovation. Suspect(s) broke in and stole new countertops, which had recently been installed. Also taken were floor tiles, and ratchet straps, and possibly some tools. The estimated value of stolen items was $3,300.

A Sergeant (Supervisor) with Aransas Pass PD began following what appeared to be utility vehicle tracks from the scene of the Burglary at the apartment complex on Ransom Road. These tracks led to a wooded area. The supervisor decided it was possible the utility vehicle stolen from the school may have been used in the current crime under investigation. This supervisor, a licensed UAV pilot, decided to launch a department drone to search the wooded area.

While flying the drone, the supervisor saw what appeared to be a blanket spread out covering unknown items. The officers closed in on this location and discovered the blanket was being used to cover countertops, floor tiles, and ratchet straps. These items were positively identified as having been stolen from the McClung Burglary.

The supervisor left this scene and continued to backtrack the utility vehicle tracks, which led to the discovery of more countertops that had been stolen from the house.

While this was underway, officers received a call of suspicious persons in an alleyway. The description matched that take earlier from the contractors. Officers contacted and detained the two males who had reportedly been stashing items in the backyard of an abandoned house on S. Rife. Upon searching that back yard, officers located the utility vehicle which had been stolen from the school. Some other items taken from the school were recovered as well.

One of the suspects was carrying a blue zippered gym or duffel bag containing women’s clothing. It is unknown where this bag came from, but it is believed to have been stolen. Two suspects were arrested for Burglary of a Building for the McClung house under renovation. Both suspects were also charged with Theft for possession of stolen items taken in the school burglary.

These suspects both have an extensive criminal history, and this led to enhanced charges for one of the suspects. At least two cases have been solved, and Police believe others may follow.

If you or someone you know has information about these cases or others these suspects might be involved in, contact Tri-County Crime Stoppers to make an anonymous tip. If your tip leads to an arrest, you can earn a reward. Call the Hotline: (800)245-TIPS/8477 or Ph. (361)758-8477. You can also submit information on this website.

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