Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

April 10, 2014

Juvenile burglars caught 'in act'

By Bob Belcher
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — Quick response to a burglar alarm by Corsicana Police early Wednesday resulted in the arrest of two juveniles for a break-in at two businesses on West Second Avenue.

Corsicana Police Chief Randy Bratton said officers were called about 1:10 a.m. Wednesday to a burglar alarm at the Reflective Image Salon in the 1600 block of West Second Avenue.

Bratton said Sgt. Kenny Kirkwood, who was off duty but on his way to a security job, was near the business and first to respond after hearing the alarm broadcast on the police radio.

Kirkwood and officers Whitney Goulding and James Meyers discovered a broken window at the Pampered Palace — a salon next door to the tanning salon — and discovered the business had been ransacked.

Bratton said officers then spotted the two juveniles inside the building, who then fled on foot. Meyers caught one suspect after a short chase. Goulding located and arrested the second juvenile a few blocks from the scene without incident.

“There was some stolen property recovered,” Bratton said, including a cell phone, some change, and several other items.

The two juveniles were transported to a facility in Palestine, charged with two counts of burglary. One of the two was also charged with evading on foot.

“We've had a few commercial burglaries that fit this type of pattern, and we're going to continue this investigation to see if they are possibly related,” Bratton said.

Bratton praised the actions of Kirkwood, Goulding and Meyers in responding to the alarm and apprehending the suspects.

“All the officers did an outstanding job,” Bratton said. “Sgt. Kirkwood is to be commended for responding while off-duty.”

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