Be vigilant, protect your town
by Chip Latcham
Jun 20, 2012 | 942 views | 1 1 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Beeville residents were horrified to learn about a home invasion in the early morning hours on Sunday.

Most longtime citizens have a difficult time accepting that such a heinous crime can happen in our small city – those are regular occurrences in Corpus Christi or San Antonio.

However, this is the second time in about five months that we have published a crime report of this type. Although we wish it were not true, we feel obligated to warn others living here that some brazen attackers, possibly fueled by drugs or alcohol and with no regard for human life, property or decency, broke into someone’s home in the middle of the night. And we want to do everything in our power to help the police catch these criminals.

Police officers are looking for two men, one stocky and one taller with medium build, probably in their 20s, who wore bandanas on their faces while demanding money or valuable items, such as computers, they could easily sell.

Surely, if they are from here or nearby, someone will come forward to notify authorities or Crime Stoppers about this dangerous pair. The reward could climb to more than $1,000 for a tip leading to arrests in this case.

In the meantime, listen to what the BPD detectives recommended.

“Lock your houses and vehicles,” Lt. Richard Cantu said.

“Contact (the BPD) if you see anyone suspicious in your neighborhood,” Sgt. Art Gamez added.

Make sure all your doors and windows are locked, and any hedges or bushes near the home are trimmed back. Turn on outdoor lights in your garage or yard.

If your family can afford a security system, you should alarm your home. Get with your neighbors and form a neighborhood watch group.

It’s not the same town as it was 20 or 30 years ago. Many newcomers are walking the streets and not all of them are law-abiding citizens.

Help the BPD by calling 911 to report any strangers or unusual activity in your neighborhood, particularly at night.

We all need to work together to make this city a safer place.

– Chip Latcham
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June 25, 2012
well chip i grad you did not say it was oilfield workers its local has been and even if the info was passed on to the police its gonna take for ever been several month since i have even heard from the police department on a theft from my truck where had witness who know suspect, items dropped on ground, these police guys dont know how to finger print anything or photograph it and better yet just call the victim to follow up on a case. it will take them at least a month to even follow up on any info give. wait they victims in this case own businesses in town . things will move fast good old boy system and politics take front seat compared to regular citizens