05 24 2015

Women Arrested In Connection With String Of Thefts

By David Kapitan
Staff Writer
Two women were arrested this week and remain behind bars for a string of thefts and burglaries throughout Van Zandt County believed to date back to the first of the year.
Wills Point Police arrested 25-year old Edria M. Blackwell and Terrell Police arrested 26-year old Angela L. Owings on April 9, in connection with a string of thefts and break-ins in the Canton, Wills Point, and Van areas.
The arrests come on the heels of the Wills Point Police Department issuing a warning last week about a sharp increase in crimes of opportunity, where thieves have been targeting unlocked homes, buildings, and vehicles.
Initial reports noted that the suspected thieves struck cars, buildings and residences systematically, hitting neighborhoods in the afternoon, when people were likely to be at work, and cars in the evening.
Reported items stolen include cash, cell phones, and handguns left in vehicles.
Blackwell and Owings, both of Wills Point, are suspects in more than 20 burglaries in the city, and dozens of others around the county.
At press time, Owings was still being held in the Kaufman County Jail after being arrested on three different charges by the Terrell Police Department on April 9.
Owings is being held on a total of $115,000 in Surety Bond amount by Kaufman County for Van Zandt County.
Also, at press time Blackwell remained jailed in the Van Zandt County Jail.

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