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Stories Added - October 2010
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Three charged in Westwood burglary
Trinity Standard -

TRINITY – Three people were being held last week on burglary charges filed in connection with a break-in reported at a Westwood Shores residence near Trinity. Two of the suspects were juveniles – a 16-year-old male and a 14-year-old female – while the third was identified as Kevin Zoeller, 18, of Huntsville. Zoeller was booked into the Trinity County Jail under a $50,000 bond set by Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace Bobby Nicholds. The two juveniles were taken to the Montgomery County Juvenile Detention Center. According to Pct. 1 Constable Woody Wallace, the three were arrested on Sunday, Oct. 17, inside of the Westwood Shores subdivision after he received a report that a home in the development had just been burglarized. “The three were working together in more of an organized crime spree,” Wallace said. “The suspects would drive around and look for something to steal. In this case they looked for an open garage, spotted items to steal and in a combined effort planned how to steal them. “Two of the suspects went to the front door of the residence and knocked to see if anyone was home or to distract the homeowner, while the third suspect went into the garage to commit the theft.” Wallace said. He noted that Westwood Shores security officers spotted the suspect’s vehicle and reported the location to him. When Wallace arrived, he found the suspects, eating breakfast in their vehicle. Deputy Constables Rusty Barrett and Mark Cole arrived and assisted Wallace in questioning the suspects and items identified as stolen were subsequently found in the suspect’s vehicle. The three were then taken into custody. All three suspects have given formal statement to investigators concerning the burglary. Two of the three suspects had been arrested recently in Walker County for similar offenses. Wallace said he spoke with the juvenile suspect’s parents and said it was “pretty clear that these kids have worn out all the chances previously given to them.” “We prefer to let parents handle juveniles when they will or can. However, there is a misconception that juveniles cannot be arrested because of their age. Burglary is a felony and a very serious crime regardless of the suspects’ age,” he said. Wallace issued a warning to homeowners to be aware this kind of activity is happening in the Lake Livingston area. He advised local residents to write their name or place an identifying mark on personal items to help law enforcement in the recovery of the property. Recording serial numbers as well as brand names is the best way to identify stolen items after a theft.


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