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Marina burglary ends with 1 suspect in jail

Trinity Standard -

TRINITY – A July 25 break-in at a local marina has resulted in the arrest of a suspect, according to Pct. 1 Constable Woody Wallace. William Perry Stewart was taken into custody earlier this month on a burglary of a building charge following a short manhunt. Wallace said that on Aug. 11, Kenneth Burke, owner of the Outback Marina located east of Trinity contacted him to ask for assistance on a burglary that occurred July 25. Burke told the constable that when he opened the marina on that day, he immediately noticed several packs of cigarettes were missing. Burke viewed the security tape and saw a man inside the marina around 3 a.m. stealing cigarettes and beer. Burke then dialed 911 to report the incident to the sheriffs department. Wallace was able to print several pictures from the security video and he and Deputy Constable Rusty Barrett began searching for the identity of the burglar. “We knew the approximant height of the suspect to be around 6 feet by comparing the images from the security video with actual objects inside the marina,” Wallace said. Barrett took the pictures and began asking people around town if the suspect looked familiar. After talking with a few people, one person was able to positively identify the suspect as Stewart. Upon comparing DPS images of Stewart and the security video, Wallace said they felt they had identified their suspect. With the assistance of Assistant District Attorney Bennie Schiro, Wallace and Barrett obtained a search warrant for the clothing that the suspect was wearing in the video and an arrest warrant for Stewart. On Aug. 12, Wallace along with Barrett and Deputy Constable Ricky Hope began looking for Stewart. “It did not take long for our suspect to realize that he was wanted, because he ran as soon as he saw us coming,” Wallace said. “We explained to everyone that knew Stewart that it was a crime to harbor or warn a fugitive. It did not take long and those same people started calling us telling us exactly where he was. “Stewart ran five times before he was ready to fight those that kept calling us,” Wallace said, adding Stewart finally decided to give up after he realized the constables were not going to stop looking for him. When Stewart was arrested he was wearing the clothing that was in the security video, Wallace said, and the suspect then provided officers with a detailed statement regarding the burglary. Wallace indicated that a burglary is a felony and should be treated as top priority. “The victims of these crimes feel like their privacy has been violated. There is a fear that people will interrupt a crime in progress and the criminal in a desperate attempt to flee may become violent,” Wallace said. Wallace also reminded everyone that if you come up on a burglary you should not touch anything, get to a safe place and call 911. If the burglary has taken place in Precinct One, the constable asked that the victim call and let us know as well. “The Pct. 1 Constable’s Office takes all felonies seriously and will investigate them thoroughly and as timely as possible. We will also provide the District Attorney’s Office a thorough report so the case can be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law!” Wallace concluded.


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