Sharp-Eyed Officer Foils Possible Car Burglars
A police officer in West University Place last week may have caught some car burglars before they had time to commit their crimes.
On Nov. 24 around 1:15 a.m. the officer noticed a pickup truck and a Ford Taurus driving together without headlights in the 6200 block of Wakeforest Street. The officer pulled over the truck, but the car left the area before additional officers could arrive to pull it over.
Officers looked around and found two nearby vehicles with “fresh handprints” on their windows, according to the police report. Police thought the pair was prowling the city looking for cars to burglarize.
The people in the truck had extensive criminal histories that included car burglaries, assault and robbery. Police arrested the driver because he was driving with no license or car insurance.
The suspects in the truck told police they didn’t know anyone in the Taurus, but later investigation revealed the passenger’s address was the same as the Taurus’ registration.
“Fortunately we caught them before they did anything,” Deily said. “Hopefully it scared them off from us. Next time they’ll go somewhere else.”