According to deputy Lt. Steve Linam, the suspects, who now live in Converse, Texas, were caught leaving a building associated with the Normanna Museum at about 7:30 a.m. on July 20.
Deputy Taylor Clevenger, Deputy Sgt. Investigator Adam Levine and Trooper Aaron Frazier responded after a witness reported suspicious activity in the area.
The men, 35-year-old Ramon Echevarria, and 17-year-old Frank Benitez, were found leaving with property that they had removed from a building. All property was recovered, and the men were charged with burglary of a building.
The charge is a state jail felony. If convicted, each suspect could be sentenced to a two-year term in a state jail facility and fined $10,000.
Both suspects went before Justice of the Peace Abel Suniga, who set bond at $3,000 on each of them.
They have since been released after posting that bond.
Sheriff Carlos Carrizales and the Bee County Sheriff’s Office thanked the citizens who reported the activity in a timely manner. It was that prompt action that allowed officers to catch the suspects in the act.
Linam said Carrizales encourages all of Bee County’s citizens to report such activity as soon as it is observed so that the Bee County Sheriff’s Office can better serve the communities and local residents.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.