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Police recover stolen drugs
Trinity Standard - July 2008
TRINITY – A 50-year-old Houston man was in jail this week and drugs valued at $22,000 were recovered following a break-in last week at Lifechek Drug Store in Trinity.
Eluid Latigo was arrested during the early morning hours of Wednesday, July 2, by Officer Travis Bryan of the Trinity Police Department shortly after the burglary was discovered.
According to Trinity Police Chief Steven Jones, an alarm at the drug store was activated about 3:08 a.m. and Bryan was dispatched to its Main Street location.
“While Officer Bryan was responding to the alarm, he saw a subject walking along Caroline Street and stopped to identify him,” Jones said.
Jones said the man told the officer he was walking back to his room at the Lake Area Country Inn. The officer examined his identification and let him go.
Bryan then proceeded to the drug store and confirmed there had been a break-in. Upon examining the store’s video surveillance tape, the officer identified the burglar as the same man he had stopped and questioned earlier.
Jones said the officer then went to the local motel where he again questioned the man.
“During the questioning, he obtained enough information for an arrest and he placed the suspect in custody,” Jones said.
Subsequently, $630 in cash and $22,000 in prescription medication believed to have been stolen from the drug store were recovered.
Latigo was being held early this week by the Trinity County Sheriff’s Department under a $25,000 bond set by Municipal Judge Howard Kinsel. He was charged with burglary of a building.
Jones said investigators believe that Latigo may have been working as part of a burglary ring and were looking for a local “person of interest,” identified as a white male driving a black Chevrolet Camaro.
The police chief said they were investigating the possibility that a local person contacted Latigo in Houston and brought him to Trinity in order to commit the burglary.
“He was given information regarding police response times and he had information about other possible burglaries that were being planned in and around the Trinity area,” Jones said.
Anyone with information about the person of interest is asked to contact the Trinity Police Department at 594-2505 or the Trinity County Crime Stoppers program at 642-2334.
Jones also praised Bryan for being able to quickly identify the burglary suspect.
“Most officers responding to an alarm probably wouldn’t have stopped to question a subject, but it really paid off in this situation,” he said.
Jones said Bryan was a longtime member of the 356 Volunteer Fire Department in the Carlisle-Sebastopol area before joining the Precinct 1 Constable’s office as a reserve deputy.
Bryan was then hired by the Trinity County Sheriff’s Department when Jones was appointed as sheriff last year. The officer then transferred to the Trinity Police Department in June shortly before Jones resigned as sheriff to accept the police chief’s position.