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Burglary warning issued by police
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TRINITY – A tip that a Trinity burglary ring was planning a number of break-ins over the Christmas-New Year holiday period has prompted police to issue a public warning. Trinity Police Chief Steve Jones said a group of thieves who broke into nine local residences and attempted two others during October and November are expected to become active again during the Christmas school break. “Everyone needs to take precautions, especially over the next three weeks. They need to make sure their windows are locked that their homes are secure,” Jones said. Police believe there are at least six young Black men, ranging in age from 16 to 20, who are actively involved in the burglary ring. Two others have already been taken into custody and an arrest warrant has been issued for a third. The first arrest involved a 15-year-old juvenile who was taken into custody in late November following a Nov. 26 burglary of a Trinity residence. The arrest came after police recovered a unique item taken in that break-in – a black pit bull dog On Dec. 11, Elijah Brown, 18, of Trinity was arrested on a burglary of a habitation charge stemming from a burglary reported on San Jacinto Street. That arrest occurred after police recovered a digital camera valued at $3,000 stolen in the burglary. Early this week, an arrest warrant charging Cordero Morning, 18, with burglary of a habitation also was issued and Jones said he expects the suspect will be in custody this week. Jones said while investigators believe members of the group are working together, they do not feel they are all involved in each of the burglaries reported thus far. The pattern that has developed indicated that three or four of the burglars target a home, scout it out and then break-in during daylight hours while the owners are at work. They take things that are easy to carry including guns, electronic items and jewelry. “We’re asking that if anyone sees any suspicious activity around their home or the home of a neighbor to call us immediately. “We will send someone to check it out. We’d rather be safe than sorry so we need them to call as soon as they suspect something may not be quite right,” the police chief said. The police department’s telephone number is 594-2505. Jones noted that tip received by police indicated that in addition to residences, the burglary ring planned to hit the Dollar Store and the Trinity Veterans of Foreign Wars Post. “We will be making extra patrols around town and will be watching both of those locations,” Jones said, adding that now that they have been identified, investigators believe the burglary ring may shift to other locations. If local residents plan to be out of town during the holidays and want extra police patrols by their homes, they should feel free to contact the police department, the police chief added. Jones and Sgt. Randy Wheeler also are encouraging area residents to record descriptions and serial number of their guns, electronics and other items. “If someone has not recorded the serial number, the chances of recovering the item if it is stolen are very low,” Jones said Wheeler noted that area residents can go online to www.leadsonline.com and click on “reportit.” They can then record serial numbers and item descriptions at no cost. “If they are the victims of a burglary, they can go to the website and print out a list of the stolen items along with the descriptions and serial numbers,” Wheeler said. “That will make it much easier to track down the items and recover them,” he added.