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LPD makes arrest in string of car burglaries

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 By LPR Staff

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The Lockhart Police Department announced on Wednesday morning that an arrest had been made in a rash of car burglaries worrying Lockhart citizens recently.

Witnesses made a report early on Wednesday morning, having seen a suspect burglarizing vehicles near the intersection of Bois D’Arc and Elm Streets.

Police arrested 20-year-old Quinton Smith, of Lockhart, as a result of the tip.

During his interview, police obtained information connecting Smith to several car burglaries, which resulted in him being charged with five counts of Burglary of a Motor Vehicle.

It was unclear at press time whether Smith had been booked into Caldwell County Jail or had been magistrated to have bond set on his alleged offenses.

Spokesmen for the Lockhart Police Department indicated that several of the car burglaries that have taken place throughout Lockhart recently were results of residents leaving their vehicles unsecured, and valuables exposed. Few incidents, they said, involved suspects forcing entry into vehicles.

Therefore, they reminded residents of the importance of making sure that vehicles are locked, and that valuables are secured and not exposed.

“There are also numerous reports of people seeing and actually catching someone inside their vehicle, and not reporting those incidents to police, or waiting until the next day to report it,” a written release from the Department said. “Not reporting it exposes your neighbors to the possibility or being victims.”

The Lockhart Police Department continues to investigate incidents in which they believe Smith to be involved, as well as others in the rash of car burglaries throughout Lockhart.

Anyone with information on recent car burglaries is encouraged to contact the Lockhart Police Department at (512) 398-4401, and residents are urged to report suspicious activity in their area immediately, by calling 9-1-1.


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