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Deputies seek information on recent Pettus burglaries
by Gary Kent
Jan 09, 2010 | 1251 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bee County Sheriff’s Office deputies are asking residents of the Pettus community to report any suspicious people, vehicles or activity in an effort to stop a recent spate of burglaries.

Deputy Sgt. Steve Martin said this week that at least six homes have been burglarized during the daylight hours in recent weeks.

The most recent burglary was reported to deputies on Wednesday, Martin said.

The burglar or burglars are checking to see if anybody is home and if not, enter by breaking a window or kicking in a door, Martin reported.

Once inside, the thieves are stealing jewelry, electronics, anything of value that can be taken quickly and without being noticed by neighbors, Martin said.

“We do have some leads,” Martin added. But deputies would like to catch someone in the act, he said.

“Look out for suspicious people, suspicious activity, suspicious vehicles,” the investigator urged.

“Keep an eye on your neighbor’s property, just like you’d hope they’d keep an eye on yours,” Martin said. “It may be nothing but we won’t know unless we check it out.”

Martin said deputies can be on the scene within minutes after the sheriff’s office receives a call.

Also, anyone who might have knowledge that could lead to an arrest and grand jury conviction of a suspect in the burglaries may be eligible for a cash reward from the Bee County Crime Stoppers organization.

Burglary of a habitation is a second degree felony and if a suspect is convicted, he could be sentenced to 20 years in prison and fined $10,000.

Crime Stoppers can be contacted by phone, toll free, at (877) 362-0206.

Tips also may be sent by e-mail to bccs.crimestoppersweb.com or by text message to TIP555 – message/tip – send to CRIMES.

Those who provide tips to Crime Stoppers will remain anonymous.
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