The first incident concerned a burglary at the Mr. Lucky game room at 310 E. Milam St. The business was once Ernesto’s Barbecue.
Sometime during the early morning hours of April 10, burglars apparently pried their way through the back door of the business and went inside.
Detective Roland Rodriguez said the intruders then set about prying open the coin boxes of all 35 of the establishment’s slot machines.
“They took monitors from a couple of machines,” Rodriguez said. “But they didn’t get any money.”
The detective said the burglars also took a digital video recorder that was part of the business’ security system.
Rodriguez said that that was apparently so they would not be identified by any security video taken while they were in the establishment.
The victim in the second crime told officers he had spoken to several prospective buyers of his homemade trailer before he noticed someone had helped himself to it without offering to pay for it.
The victim, Freddie DeRusse, said the 7-by-10-foot trailer had a stainless steel bottom, was made of square tubing and was worth $2,000.
DeRusse said he kept the trailer chained to a pole behind his radiator shop at 108 W. Kennedy St.
He had last seen the trailer on April 6 and noticed it was missing on a week later.
Anyone who might have information that could lead to an arrest in either of those incidents may be eligible for a cash reward of as much as $1,000 from Coastal Bend Crime Stoppers.
The organization may be contacted by calling 362-0206 or by calling toll-free to (877) 362-0206.
Internet users may reach the organization by email at coastalbendcrimestoppers.com.
Witnesses never have to reveal their identities to claim a reward.