Christopher Lee Davis, Willie Jay Henderson III and two juveniles, 15 and 16, have been charged with burglary.
Kendrick Tyrell Brown is still being sought by authorities.
The suspects have been accused of taking laptop computers from Refugio High School and a flat-screen television from a local appliance rental business.
“We used some old information we had gained and also utilized some modern technology to make these cases,” said Police Chief Andy Lopez. “We were able to recover the television set the day it was reported stolen to us. The school case was a cold case, but we had some good leads to follow up on.”
Municipal Judge Gary Bourland, who issued the burglary warrants, is expected to sign a warrant for a female subject believed to be involved in the theft of property from the appliance rental business, according to Detective Danny Madrigal.
Property was leased from the business and later sold to a pawn shop, Madrigal said.
“It is a crime of hindering a secured creditor to do so, and the amount of the property determines whether the crime is a misdemeanor or felony.”
The police chief said that they have also discovered a scheme involving rented merchandise.
“People purchase rental televisions but don’t pay on it,” he said. “When the lender wants it back, the person reports it stolen and pawns it,” Lopez said.
The police chief said that more witnesses are coming forward to report these crimes.
“More and more, I’m seeing people coming to us with what they know,” he said. “And that’s what it’s going to take to get our job done. I feel we’re making progress, and I want to encourage the citizens in this city and community to call in when they have helpful information on a crime. I also want them to know that my door is always open to them.”