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Burglars make 2 failed attempts
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TRINITY – Two more attempted burglaries believed to be connected to a burglary ring now operating in Trinity were reported early Friday. According to Trinity Police chief Steve Jones, at about 4 a.m. on Dec. 21, a single burglar smashed out a window of the Trinity Alco store off Highway 19 South. “He entered the building but when the alarm went off he turned and fled without taking anything,” Jones said. At about the same time, a witness spotted three young Black males attempting to break into the T-19 Grocery off Highway 19 North using a sledgehammer. “When the witness hollered at them, they took off running and never made it into the store,” Jones said. Jones said investigators suspect that one or both of the burglary attempts are tied to a gang of thieves that have been breaking into Trinity homes since October. Last week, Jones issued a public warning for area residents to be on guard, especially over the Christmas-New Years holiday period. The police chief said his department had received a tip the burglary gang planned a number of break-ins during the school holiday period. The gang is believed to consist of at least six active members ranging in age from 16 to 20 while three others have been taken into custody. In the past, they have targeted homes during daytime hours while the residents have been at work. Three to four young Black men have been spotted in the areas of several of the break-ins and police believe they scout out their locations to insure no one is at home and then break-in. “If anyone sees any suspicious activity, they need to call us immediately. We will send an officer out to check it out,” Jones said. The police department’s telephone number is 594-2505. Of the three suspects taken into custody thus far, one was a 15-year-old juvenile who was apprehended 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. Last week, Cordero Morning, 18, was arrested on a burglary of a habitation warrant. 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. 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 serials 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.