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Burglary suspect sought
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TRINITY – A 15-year-old juvenile sought in connection with a rash of Trinity area burglaries was scheduled to be picked up for questioning Tuesday, Nov. 27, according to Trinity police. The suspect is one of three being sought in connection with nine home burglaries and two attempted break-ins reported over the past month. According to Trinity Police Chief Steve Jones, investigators had a major break in the case when they were able to recovered one “unique” item taken in one of the burglaries – a black pit bull dog. Jones said he and Sgt. Randy Wheeler happened to roll up to a group of young black males Monday night, Nov. 26, two of whom took off when they spotted the police. “When we arrived, there was a distinctive odor of marijuana present,” Jones said, adding that is whey they believe two of the young men fled. “We were able to get the two who left back and in the process recovered the dog, which had been stolen during a burglary reported Monday morning,” he said. After questioning the young men about the dog, officers received information regarding the 15-year-old suspect that was being sought Tuesday. Jones said that the first of the burglaries occurred Oct. 25 and that investigators believe all of the nine break-ins and two attempts were committed by the same people. “In every incident where a witness saw suspicious activity around the homes that were broken into, they described two to three young Black males as being in the area,” he said. Items taken during the burglaries include big screen television sets, camera equipment, guns and computers. In one of the two attempted burglaries, Jones said the thieves “luck out” by not being able to get into the home. In that case they broke some glass and tried to kick in a door. This awakened the woman living in the residence and she was prepared to greet the intruders armed with a gun. “I have no doubt that had the burglars entered the home, they would have been shot,” he said. The police chief added one of the homes that was burglarized later reported two more incidents that the homeowners at first believed were burglaries. “It turned out that they were thefts committed by people who were allowed to enter the home,” Jones said. Meth arrest In other police activity, a 25-year-old Trinity woman was arrested on drug possession charges following a traffic stop on Monday, Nov. 19. Stephanie Rains was arrested on a state jail felony charge of possession of methamphetamines and on a misdemeanor possession of dangerous drugs charge, She was later released on personal recognizance bonds totaling $2,000. Two others, Oscar Hall and Juanita Prevatte were issued citations at the scene charging them with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. According to a report filed by Officer Felix Morales, he stopped a car near the corner of Highway 19 and Stadium Street about 1:30 a.m. for defective taillights. When he approached the vehicle the officer smelled the odor of marijuana. During the subsequent investigation, a small quantity of a substance believed to be methamphetamines was found in Rains’ purse. A needle identified as being used to inject crack cocaine also was reported to have been found on Prevatte and a pipe used to smoke crack was found in he center console of the vehicle, which was owned by Hall.