by ANDY SEVILLA
Kyle police arrested three youths Tuesday in connection with car burglaries in the Plum Creek neighborhood.
Jonathan Andrew Guzman, 20, Jake Andrew Lewis, 18, and Caleb Tiger Faz-Robles, 17, all from Kyle, were arrested and charged with three counts of burglary of a motor vehicle, each a Class A misdemeanor.
Kyle has in recent weeks been the target of several vehicle and home burglaries.
At approximately 11:56 p.m. Monday night, police officers were dispatched to the 5000 block of Hartson Street in west Kyle on a call for burglary of a motor vehicle that was in progress, according to Police Chief Jeff Barnett.
He said a search of the area led officers to the described suspects’ vehicle, a white Toyota Corolla. Barnett said police stopped the car and three male suspects were interviewed and later apprehended.
“During the interviews with (the suspects), incriminating statements were obtained indicating that the three adults were involved in multiple burglaries of motor vehicles during the evening in the Plum Creek community,” Barnett said.
Small items, such as car chargers, small hand tools, a sports cap, music CDs, a GPS device, sunglasses and a blue Nintendo DS game system were among the items targeted in the burglaries, Barnett said. Much of the stolen property has been recovered and is in the process of being returned to the owners.
Barnett said additional charges are expected as the investigation progresses. He said additional burglaries might be reported in the 24 hours following the incident, as property owners discover missing items.
Barnett said officials are still investigating about seven other burglaries in the area, though he said there is no indication of a connection thus far.
“We have some very active criminals that are trying to take advantage of some unlocked cars,” Barnett said.
Hays County jail records show no previous criminal history for Guzman and Lewis, though Texas State University Police arrested Faz-Robles 11 days prior to Tuesday’s incident on two warrants of theft of property that allegedly occurred on Oct. 6.
Each suspect was still in custody Tuesday evening and being held on a $10,500 bond.
Barnett said at least two other suspects in home and vehicle burglaries have been arrested in recent weeks.
One of the suspects arrested in connection to at least seven home burglaries would knock on doors to see if anyone was home, and if nobody answered he would then break in and make “quick grabs,” Barnett said. That suspect’s name was not immediately available.