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Poth police investigate rash of recent burglaries
POTH -- Residents here are urged to lock their doors and be aware of suspicious people or activity, as the Poth Police Department is reporting that the city has experienced a recent rash of burglaries.
“The sleepy little town of Poth is not as sleepy as people think it is. There’s a lot of activity coming in and through the town of Poth ... There’s constant traffic,” said Police Chief Lowell Hull, referring to a city that is a conduit to all things related to the Eagle Ford shale oil and natural gas play.
Three homes and one business have been broken into since Dec. 22, 2013. Hull said a TV and other items were taken from each home. Police are probing incidents at the following locations:
•A home in the 600 block of Mosspoint Street, Dec. 22.
•A business on Schriewer Street, overnight hours Jan. 1-2, where tools and welding equipment were stolen after someone cut a lock on a fence to gain access to the property.
•A home in the 400 block of West Westmeyer Street (F.M. 541), Jan. 10.
•A home in the 600 block of East Westmeyer, Jan. 22.
Hull said two suspects in the Jan. 22 incident -- 23-year-old Jonathan Ryan Montoya of Poth and 28-year-old Anthony James Weed of Adkins -- have been arrested and charged with burglary of a habitation. Police were able to arrest the pair and recover a TV, thanks to a witness who called the sleeping victim to alert him to the situation. Wilson County Jail records indicate that Weed since has been released on $10,000 bond.
Anyone with information about the other burglaries is urged to call the Poth Police Department at 830-484-0281.Anonymous tips -- for which cash rewards are available if information leads to an arrest or to the recovery of stolen property -- can be furnished to Crime Stoppers of Wilson County at 830-393-INFO (4636) or http://bit.ly/NDrIut.
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