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Police nab burglary suspect
Ryan Gonzales, 25, of Poth is free on $7,500 bond as he awaits consideration of his case by a grand jury. He is charged with burglary of a building in connection with an incident that was reported April 3 by the owners of Lee Roy’s One Stop on U.S. 181 in Poth.
Chief Lowell Hull of the Poth Police Department said Gonzales arrived at the station May 19 and told police that he heard that they wanted to talk to him. Police subsequently arrested Gonzales on a warrant that charged him with the crime. Hull said police also recovered the 32-inch TV set stolen from the convenience store.
Police in Poth have been barraged by property crimes, such as burglary and theft, since the year began. Hull warns that officers have seen a surge in trailer theft, including these two recent incidents:
•April 24, a Sylvester Street resident reported that someone stole a black, 14-foot high-sided utility trailer from his yard. Paint on the fenders was flaking, to reveal blue-green paint, police said.
•May 10, a Poth public works employee reported that someone entered an unlocked gate at the city’s yard on Railroad Street and stole a 10-foot utility trailer valued at $1,800.
Hull said there was a third incident just south of the city limits approximately two months ago, where someone drove away with a travel trailer that was parked off U.S. 181, on which “for sale” signs were posted. The owner became aware of the trailer’s disappearance when someone commented about it being sold.
Police encourage trailer owners to prevent theft by securing them with chains or by installing coupler locks.
Anyone with information about these incidents is urged to call the Poth Police Department at 830-484-0281.
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