One suspect was taken into custody shortly after a break-in at the Saenz Quick-Serve Western Wear store at 307 W. Corpus Christi St.
Detective Lt. Richard Cantu said officers were on patrol just before 1 a.m. Thursday when they heard a burglar alarm and headed to the store.
As officers raced to the business, Cantu said he approached the area from the south in case the burglars were using a scanner and had found out that most of the officers on duty were on the north end of the city.
As Cantu approached the business on U.S. Highway 59, he noticed a vehicle going east with one headlight out, moving slowly.
The detective watched the vehicle stop in the parking lot at Prosperity Bank before driving through downtown.
The detective said he caught up with the suspects near a photography business and saw someone coming out of an alley carrying some objects.
As he approached the man, Cantu noticed he dropped the objects and ran.
Officers caught up with the man a short distance from that scene but another suspect in a vehicle managed to evade them.
Police did arrest a 22-year-old Mathis man identified as Leroy Chavarria.
He was booked into the Bee
County Jail on burglary of a building and evading arrest charges.
Cantu said Chavarria had a history of burglary arrests.
Officers who went back to the arrest scene found a number of boots dumped at the spot where the suspect had been seen leaving the alley. They later found more boots near the store for a total of six pairs of boots.
If convicted of the burglary charge Chavarria could face a 10-year prison sentence and pay a $10,000 fine.
The penalty for the evading arrest charge could amount to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
Police are also looking for a tan-colored sedan seen near the K-Bobs Restaurant early Thursday.
The manager of the business and an employee entered the building to work that morning and realized the burglar alarm was on in the back of the building.
The two found that someone had entered the building and had taken a safe containing $4,000 in cash from the office.
An investigation by officers revealed that a side window had been broken and they believe at least two suspects entered the building at that spot.
They believe that the alarm was not tripped until the thieves left the building through a rear door.
Cantu said the suspected light tan vehicle was photographed by a security camera at a nearby business. Officers believe the vehicle was a Buick sedan.
Anyone who might know who was responsible for that burglary may qualify for a cash reward by contacting Coastal Bend Crime Stoppers at 362-0206 or by calling toll-free to (877) 362-0206.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.