David Daniel Melcho, 64, of Three Rivers, Joshua Dean Roberts, 20, of George West, Benjamin Noblett, 32, of Swinney Switch, and Joann Lazcano were all arrested in connection with a series of home burglaries.
Meanwhile, Geohn Omni Fitzgerald, 27, of Schertz broke into a vehicle parked between Three Rivers City Hall and First State Bank.
“All of this goes back to drugs, they commit the burglary to sell the products to buy their dope,” Three Rivers Police Chief Vance Roberts said. “That is what the whole thing is about.”
The whole ordeal began at about 6 a.m. when a Three Rivers resident called in some suspicious activity. Two men dragged a trash can down the road and took it inside an RV on McGloin Street near Elizabeth Avenue.
Roberts said the owner of the RV agreed to a search which revealed items from the burglary, including laptops, video cameras, jewelry, a Playstation and clothing belonging to Iris and Charlie Johnston. The search also unveiled marijuana and meth pipes.
Joshua Roberts and Noblett admitted to the break-in, but Melchor did not, according to Roberts. Lazcano was brought in as well, but TRPD was not initially able to connect her to the burglary.
At 10:31 a.m. another call came in that Lazcano was walking down Martin Street, in front of the home that had been burglarized, carrying a tote-bag that was listed among the stolen items from a week-and-a-half ago.
“There may be some days where one and two officers is sufficient, but then some days eight aren’t too many,” Roberts said. “It was busy, call after call after call. I would like to credit my officers for being able to respond so quickly and take these subjects into custody.”
Lazcano was arrested for possession of stolen property. Joshua Roberts, Melcho and Noblett were arrested for burglary of a habitation and engaging in criminal activity. Bond was set at $100,000 per person for each charge for the three men. All four had criminal backgrounds, according to Roberts.
While all of this was occurring, a call came in from Constable Bob Baker at 9:08 a.m. that Fitzgerald was in custody behind Three Rivers City Hall for burglarizing a vehicle.
Roberts said Fitzgerald allegedly broke into the car, then approached Baker and asked for a job. During their conversation, an employee of the city said Fitzgerald broke into a car, and he admitted to it.
Fitzgerald was arrested for burglary of a vehicle and possession of a controlled substance under 28 grams.
“With the quick response of the citizens calling the sheriff’s department, we were able to respond,” Roberts said. “If the citizens wouldn’t have called it in, chances were we wouldn’t have been able to close it so quickly.”