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November 30, 2012

Arrest clears burglaries

Corsicana — The Navarro County Sheriff’s Office has cleared at least 15 burglaries and recovered an estimated $40,000 in merchandise, thanks to a routine traffic stop in Corsicana this past Monday, according to Capt. Elmer Tanner.

“There’s been a steady stream of people trying to recover and reclaim their property,” Tanner said.

A rash of burglaries have taken place in the last two weeks, but a break in the case came Monday when a member of the sheriff’s department’s drug task force made a routine traffic stop in Corsicana and noticed one of the stolen guns in the car.

Rodolfo Maldonado, 24, of Corsicana has been arrested and charged with burglary and theft. He remains in the county jail in lieu of $10,000 in bonds. A second person is also in custody on unrelated charges, but he is considered a person of interest in the cases, and charges may be pending in the burglaries.

Most of the thefts occurred from vehicles parked in the Hickory Hollow and Retreat areas. Some were home burglaries, as well. Of the 15 cases expected to be cleared in the arrests, 12 took place outside the Corsicana city limits, and two were from inside the city. At the suspect’s home, deputies recovered guns, computers and electronics, such as GPS devices. In some instances, the owners didn’t know their property had been stolen until the deputies called them.

Among the items were four custom-made rifles valued at about $7,000 each. One of them had been sold on the street for $80. It was recovered, Tanner said.

“They were selling them to individuals, not pawn shops,” Tanner said.

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Janet Jacobs may be reached via email at jjacobs@corsicanadailysun.com. Want to “Soundoff” to this article? Email: soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com

 

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