Hereâs an update from staff writer Julieta Chiquillo:
Rowlett Police Detective Cruz Hernandez said no stolen items linking the men to the Rowlett burglaries were found when they were arrested, but police think the suspects might be the burglars theyâre looking for.
âWe see too many similarities that we feel confident that those individuals remain very good suspects in our cases, although weâre not going to pursue criminal charges because we have no connection,â Hernandez said.
The suspect car in Rowlett was described as a four-door black Mercedes-Benz with a handicap license plate. Hernandez said the suspect car in the Rockwall arrests â" a dark blue Cadillac sedan with a handicap plate â" could easily be mistaken for a Mercedes.
Like the Rockwall burglaries, the Rowlett cases involved men who rang the bell or knocked on doors to check if people were home. If the home appeared empty, the men would kick the door open, snatch electronics and valuables and leave quickly.
Six burglaries in Rockwall and eight reported in Rowlett since around Aug. 23 match this MO, police said. The Rockwall burglaries were reported in the Meadowcreek and Windmill Ridge subdivisions. In Rowlett, most of the burglaries occurred on the east side of the Muddy Creek area, between Highway 66 and Interstate 30.
Rowlett police are advising residents to keep their doors closed and locked when strangers knock or ring, but to acknowledge their presence so the strangers know someone is home.
Rockwall and Rowlett police said they plan to maintain increased patrol in the affected neighborhoods.
âWeâre not going to let our guard down,â said Sgt. Jeff Welch with Rockwall police. Staff writer Katharina Marino reports:
Four Dallas teens have been arrested in Rockwall, suspected of carrying out a series of residential burglaries.
The men, taken into custody Thursday morning, were identified as Detrevion Turner, 18; Marcus Duren, 19; Decoreum Clater, 18; and Jesse Houston, 19.
Over the past two weeks, Rockwall police have received multiple reports of forced-entry burglaries south of Interstate 30, off Goliad Street. The burglars struck during the day, targeting houses that appeared to be unoccupied.
On Thursday, officers patrolling the affected area observed suspicious activity in the 1400 block of Lochspring Drive where they found the suspects in a vehicle matching descriptions given by witnesses.
Rockwall police are still completing the investigation.
Rowlett has experienced similar burglaries, but police released a different description of the suspect vehicle: a black four-door Mercedes with a handicap license plate.
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