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Police probe sexual assault, burglaries
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TRINITY – A sexual assault of a child and four local burglaries were under investigation by Trinity police this week. Jerry Foster, 19, of Trinity was arrested last week on charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child. According to Trinity Police Chief Steve Jones, the victims in the incident were sisters who are 5 and 3 years of age. The arrest came after Officer John Raiford received information of a possible sexual assault and began an investigation. An arrest warrant was issued on Wednesday, May 12. Because the tip, which began the investigation, came through third parties, Jones issued a warning to the public that it is a criminal offense when an adult fails to notify police when a child is assaulted. “The law requires that parents, guardians, teachers or any adult must notify authorities when they become aware of a possible assault involving anyone under the age of 17. Those who don’t could be subject to criminal charges,” he said. In other activity, police were investigating a rash of burglaries reported over the past week, including a roof-top break-in reported at the Trinity Brookshire Brothers grocery store. Jones said that the Brookshire Brothers burglary is believed to have occurred between 4 and 5 a.m. Sunday, May 16, when two men cut their way through the roof of the store. They then kicked their way into the office area and took about $2,000 in cash. Jones said an alarm alerted police shortly before 4 a.m. but when officers arrived at the store, they found nothing out of the ordinary. “Because they broke in through the roof, the officer couldn’t see what was going on and everything at ground level appeared to be normal. While we always check them out, we often receive false alarms and that is what the officer thought was taking place.” Videotape obtained later from the store’s security cameras showed two men, both described as white, entered the building. One was wearing jeans, a black hoodie, white T-shirt, black ski mask and black gloves. The other was wearing khaki pants, a camo jacket and hoodie and brown gloves. Two other local businesses also were burglaries over the past week. The Family Dollar Store was burglarized on the night of May 15-16 by unknown suspects who broke into a building next door and punched through an adjoining wall. Jones said it appears the burglars were attempting to go after a safe or any money left overnight in the store. He added they didn’t find any cash because none is left in the store overnight The police chief said the store suffered an almost identical break-in about two years ago. Another burglary reported early Monday morning was at Joseph’s Restaurant. Their thieves pushed through a door into an office area and took a camcorder and an undetermined amount of cash. On Thursday, May 13, officers were called to a residence on West Pine Valley in response to another alarm, but this time they found a back down had been kicked in. Jones said Sgt. Thomas Park responded within a minute of the alarm sounding but did not find a suspect on the scene. “There was an audible alarm sounding at the scene and we think that scared away who ever kicked open the door,” Jones said. Because of the number of break-ins being reported, Jones is asking area residents to be on the alert. “If someone sees suspicious activity or a suspicious person in their neighborhood, they need to call us. If they have information about a burglary that has occurred, they should call the Crime Stoppers program and collect a reward,” he said. To contact the city police, call 594-2505. The Crime Stoppers number if 642-2334.