Crime Stoppers wants to catch business burglars
by Gary Kent
Oct 17, 2012 | 2208 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE — The owners of a business in at 600 N. Washington St. are reportedly unsure of the total value of property taken from their store probably sometime early on Tuesday, Oct. 2.

Sgt. Chris Vasquez was sent to The Boutique at 10:09 o’clock that morning after the owners discovered the burglary.

He said the owners showed him where their back door had been kicked in during the previous night. Vasquez said the door had been completely knocked off its hinges.

The officer was told that items of jewelry, wallets, belts, sunglasses and watches had been stolen from the business.

Vasquez said he also noticed that someone had ransacked the cash register, leaving some sort of oily substance and metal shavings inside the cash drawer.

The officer reported finding some purses left near the register, and he found two containers of liquids that he suspected had been sprayed into the cash drawer.

One owner said she had driven by the business at about 11 o’clock the previous night and had not noticed anything unusual.

The burglary was discovered the next morning when she and her husband arrived for work.

Detective Art Gamez was called to the scene to continue the investigation, and he began looking for evidence. He found where two purses had been hidden near the back of the property under a low-hanging tree.

Earlier that day, Vasquez had been sent to Taqueria Guadalajara, 622 W. Corpus Christi St., after a burglary was discovered at that business.

Vasquez said that call came in at about 6:16 a.m. after one of the employees there noticed that someone had broken into the building.

The officer said he found the cash register on the floor, broken into pieces. He also noticed that the drive-through window of the business was open and that it could have been left open overnight.

Two other employees arrived while Vasquez was at the scene, and they confirmed that slightly more than $100 had been in the register when they left the business the previous night. They also said a money box containing several hundred dollars was taken.

Another money box was found pried open at the scene, but that box had contained no cash or coins. The employees said they had closed the business at about 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 1 but they did not recall closing the drive-through window.

Detective Matthew Miller was called to the scene to continue the investigation.

Police officers said this week that Coastal Bend Crime Stoppers will offer a reward of up to $1,000 for information that could lead to an arrest in the case.

Anyone who has information may contact the organization at 362-0206 or call long distance to (877) 361-0206. Internet users may contact the organization at Witnesses do not have to be identified to collect a cash reward.
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