From Staff Reports
Five suspects have been arrested and charged in what officials are calling a county-wide burglary ring.
A multi-agency investigation concluded this week after information led agents to a home in Grand Saline, where officials recovered a large quantity of stolen property.
A routine traffic stop in Canton developed information that connected several suspects to burglaries that Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Deputies were investigating, officials said. A second traffic stop in Grand Saline yielded a narcotics arrest and prompted a search warrant for a home in Grand Saline.
As a result, 20 plus burglary cases and the one narcotics case were cleared by arrest, according to information from Van Zandt County Precinct 4 Constable Pat Jordan’s office.
The names of those arrested have not been released.
According to information from Jordan’s office, the five suspects burglarized several homes in rural South East Van Zandt County on several occasions, both before and after neighbors reported the break in to Sheriff’s deputies. “Unfortunately, the suspects completely ransacked the homes, all but destroying the interiors. Generally, suspects do not return to the scene of the crime, however in this criminal episode they not only returned once, but twice compounding their crimes and adding to their charges,” information from Pct. 4 Chief Deputy Bob Keltner states.
“The five law enforcement agencies involved cooperated so seamlessly that from the start of the investigation to the finish and all five suspects being booked into jail was three and a half days,” Keltner said. ”Each agency’s officers and deputies did an excellent job acting so fast on this information. We would like to thank and salute the Canton Police Department, Grand Saline Police Department, Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office, Van Zandt County Pct. 1 constables and Van Zandt County Pct. 4 constables for their great work.”