By ANDY SEVILLA
Two Wimberley teenagers are in jail after authorities connected the suspects to nineteen overnight business burglaries in the Wimberley Square area Wednesday.
Levi Travis Weed and Ricky Lee Saine Ehlert, both 17, were arrested Dec. 10 and charged with burglary of a building, a state jail felony, according to Hays County Jail records.
Hays County Sheriff’s deputies were called out to downtown Wimberley Wednesday on reports of suspicious activity involving two male subjects in dark colored clothing who allegedly were running away from town’s square following loud booms of shattering glass, officials said.
Hays County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene and found evidence revealing numerous businesses had been burglarized during Tuesday’s late evening and Wednesday’s early morning hours, Lt. Jeri Skrocki said in a statement.
“Forced entry was made into each of the businesses,” Skrocki said. “Items stolen included money, goods, jewelry, electronic devices, tobacco and alcohol.”
Authorities have recovered some of the stolen property and the case remains open and under investigation.
As of Wednesday afternoon both suspects remained in the Hays County Jail, and neither had yet been set bond, online records show.
Hays County Criminal Records show this is Weed’s second arrest in Hays County. Weed was previously arrested in June and charged with five counts of burglary of a vehicle, and one count each of theft of a firearm and burglary of a building.
Weed’s charges were all dismissed in August, except for two burglary of a vehicle charges, according to Hays County Criminal Records. Weed received deferred adjudication for those offenses and was handed down two years probation and 80 hours of community service.
This is Ehlert’s first arrest in Hays County, records show.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the Hays County Sheriff’s Office at (512) 393-7896 and ask to speak with the Criminal Investigations Division. Hays County Crime Stoppers can also be reached at 1-800-324-TIPS (8477).
Information may also be submitted electronically from a link on the Hays County Crime Stoppers website or by using the free “TipSubmit” smart phone application.
Any information leading to the arrest and indictment of the suspects is eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000, officials said.