By Janet Jacobs
Corsicana Daily Sun
victim of theft
Four custom-built, extremely accurate rifles were stolen from a home on North Spikes Road in Retreat, it was reported Monday. Their combined value is estimated at almost $30,000.
“They should be easy to identify,” said Mike Cox, chief deputy for the Navarro County Sheriff’s Office. “If they sell them from one dope dealerl to the next there’s no tracking them. The problem is they’re not going to take (those guns) to a reputable arms dealer and try to sell that. They’ll end up with pennies on the dollar on those.”
The thief or thieves forced entry into the building, probably on Monday. However, police knew about the break-in before the owner. They were already investigating some vehicle burglaries in the area and contacted the owner about a possible break-in at his property, which was confirmed.
“We’re working on the possibility that it may have been associated with some vehicle burglaries, but that’s still under investigation,” Cox said.
— Janet Jacobs, Daily Sun
Corsicana Police Department
• A woman reported that someone was in her open garage around 10 a.m. Nov. 20 in the 1400 block of West Fifth Avenue.
• Burglars broke into a storage building sometime in the last week and stole items from it in the 1000 block of North Main Street.
• A bicycle was taken Monday from the 600 block of West Sixth Avenue.
• A man and a woman reported being robbed at gunpoint around 6:30 p.m. Friday in the 800 block of First Avenue, according to police reports. The pair said they were standing in the driveway of a home talking when two black men pulled up in a silver SUV and got out with handguns and demanded money. The male victim said he didn’t have any money, but the woman took off running. The two suspects fled in their vehicle.
• A man and woman driving from Dallas who got into an argument ended it in Corsicana when the woman jumped out of the car on South Business 45. The woman told police the man had pulled her hair, struck her in the face and bitten her on the arm, and he also restrained her when she tried to call 9-1-1. As they were driving through Corsicana around 7:30 p.m. she saw another car and managed to escape her vehicle and call police. The man fled on foot, but police tracked him down and arrested him. Giovanni Cortez Salazar has been charged with a series of offenses including unlawful restraint, assault, family violence and interfering with an emergency call.
Kerens Police Department
• A home renter was found in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia Nov. 19 in the 100 block of Edgewood Estates in Kerens, according to Police Chief Bryan Miers. “We recovered everything from dope pipes to rolling papers, scales and grinders, all with drug residue,” Miers said. Derek Scott Divetta, 21, was arrested for possession. Four other people were cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Navarro County Sheriff’s Office
• A .22 caliber Remington rifle with a wood stock was stolen from a Ford half-ton pickup Monday where the truck was parked on Martin Road in Retreat.
• A set of car keys and a man’s wedding band were stolen from a home Friday on South Interestate 45 in Angus. The ring, which had diamonds on it, was valued at $5,000.
• A man’s Fossil watch, which had a blue face and white metal band, was stolen from a 1999 GMC Nov. 20 on Northwest County Road 0004 near Corsicana.
• Burglars made a pretty clean sweep of a building last Friday, stealing books, costume jewelry, quilts, boots, Nintendo games, a wash tub, a 24-inch pendulum clock, a doll, Bible, cassette recorder, high school class ring, custom spurs, porcelain rooster, and a piggy bank, all of which were taken from an address on SW CR 2250 near Dawson. Total estimated value of the items was set at more than $8,000.
• Four English-style saddles, nine bridles, a string trimmer, a leaf blower, and three pair of spurs were stolen from a barn Nov. 21 on FM 1126 near Emhouse. Total estimated value of the items was set at more than $7,000.
• A car burglar took a silver iPod Nano, a radar detector, a hat and a pair of red Nike shoes Saturday from where the Camry was parked on NW CR 0018 near Corsicana.
• A pink Western-style purse containing assorted lotions, and a Samsung cell phone were taken Nov. 20 from a car parked on NW CR 0004 near Corsicana.
• A Bomag Jumping Jack plate compactor, valued at $3,064, was stolen out of a pickup Monday where it was parked in the 200 block of Sinclair in Kerens.
• A $15,000 John Deere tractor with canopy and front end loader was stolen Monday from FM 3383 near Corsicana.
• A thief stole a 9mm Ruger handgun, and Remington rifle with scope along with about $10 in change from a Dodge Ram pickup parked on SW CR 0014 near Corsicana. Total value of the items was estimated at $630. The thief also stole change from a nearby Ford Expedition, a Pontiac GS, and a Chevy Tahoe.
• A 12-foot ladder with a broken rung and one leg taped near the foot was taken Monday from SW CR 2250 near Dawson. The owner estimated its value at about $350.
• A car burglar stole a .38 handgun from a Ford F250 pickup Teusday morning while the truck was parked on NW CR 0010 near Corsicana. Its estimated value was $500.
Compiled by Daily Sun City Editor Janet Jacobs from reports released by the Corsicana Police Department, the Kerens Police Department, and the Navarro County Sheriff’s Department.