Detective Sgt. Matthew Miller said the arrests were connected to a string of burglaries in Beeville that had been reported on Nov. 6-7. In one of those burglaries, a $10,000 golf cart and a $3,000 set of golf clubs were reported stolen from a home in the 800 block of Minneapolis Street.
Miller said the break in the case came on Nov. 16 when the two suspects tried to sell the stolen golf clubs at the Bee County Pawn & Jewelry, 3202 N. St. Mary’s St.
The detective said the clerk who waited on the teens recognized the clubs as the ones that had been stolen earlier in the month.
The clerk paid the two with his own money and reported the transaction to the police.
Miller obtained a warrant for the arrest of the suspects on charges of theft of property, $1,500-$20,000. The offense is a state jail felony. If convicted, the suspects could be sentenced to two years in a state jail facility and fined $10,000.
Miller said Detective Sgt. Chris Vasquez contacted one of the suspects and asked him to stop by the Beeville Police Department offices for an interview.
Officers noticed that the suspect was dropped off by the other suspect in the theft. So as Vasquez questioned one suspect, Miller and Detective Sgt. Art Gamez tracked down and arrested the other.
Miller said the two men were not suspects in the burglary of the building in which the golf cart and the clubs were taken. But they were suspects in possession stolen property.
Detectives recovered the stolen clubs and the golf cart on Nov. 27.
One of the suspects was reported to be 16 years old. His name was being withheld because of his age.
The other suspect was 18. But Miller said his identity is being protected at this time because he is being considered a witness in the burglary.
The 16-year-old suspect was ordered detained in a juvenile facility in Sinton and the other suspect was booked into the Bee County Jail.
Justice of the Peace Abel Suniga set bail at $15,000. The adult suspect was released on bond the day after the arrest.
No arrests have been made yet in connection with the actual burglary of the victim’s property.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.