Businessman, police chase down suspects in burglary

A Rockdale businessman, and police, chased down two suspects from an overnight Monday burglar y at his barber/retail sales shop and the two are facing charges at mid week.

Lt. J. D. Newlin said business owner Charles Miles confronted two men at the Budget Inn Motel Tuesday morning and called police when one of them jumped out the window of the motel room’s bathroom.

A aron Norman and C olby Martinez, both of Rockdale, are to be charged Wednesday with burglary of a building, Newlin said.

Arrests were made by Ofc. Steven Cooper and Sgt. Stephen Goodrich.

The series of events began when Mi les discovered the break-in at his Miles Styles barber shop, 236 Mill.

“It was a big burglary,” Newlin said. “Probably 50 pair of shorts were missing, about 100 shirts, some tires and jewelry.”

Police were notified, went to the barber shop, then began following a trail of hangars and other items down the railroad tracks to an area behind Brookshire Bros., according to Newlin.

In the meantime, Miles had gotten information leading him to believe the break-in had been committed by two men believed to be in a room at the Budget Inn, directly across West Cameron (US 79) from Brookshire Bros., according to police.

“Mr. Miles went to the room and confronted them,” Newlin said. “We understand that one of them jumped out the bathroom window, while the other remained in the room, pretty much still asleep.”

Newlin said police were summoned to the area, found one of the suspects hiding in some weeds off Bell Avenue and the other still in the room.

Both were arrested.

“Items from the Miles Styles burglary were found in the room,” Newlin said.

Police said additional charges could still be filed against the two men.

ARREST—In the only other felony arrest of the past week, 25-year-old Jeffrey Scott Kuenstler of Rockdale was arrested Thursday for violation of a protection or magistrative order.

Municipal Judge Jerry Waggoner set bond at $20,000.

OFFENSES—Police said a man arrested in Bastrop during the week, in connection with an incident in which a television was stolen from Walmart in that city, confessed to the same crime at the Rockdale Walmart.

“Local Walmart officials were notified, checked out their surveillance archives and found evidence to support that confession,” Newlin said.

Police also investigated gas drive-offs at two locations, along with the theft of a bicycle and a battery charger.

Newlin said police are also investigating the theft of a window unit air conditioner from a house on Mason Street.

ACCIDENTS—Three accidents were reported during the past week, all between 5 and 6 p.m. Friday.

Vehicles operated by Kristopher Barnett of Buffalo and Ollie Davidson of Rockdale were in collision at 5:14 p.m. in the City Hall parking lot, police said.

No injuries were reported and damages were termed minor, according to police.

A hit-and-run incident was reported at 5:46 p.m. in the 100 block of Mulberry.

Pol ice said a parked car belonging to A rthur Long of Brenham was struck by an unknown vehicle which left the scene.

Minor damages were reported.

Third crash occurred at 5:57 p.m. at the Meadow-Murray intersection and is pictured at right.

CITATIONS—Police issued 26 speeding tickets during the past week, along with eight for expired MVI sticker, three each for no registration and no liability insurance and one for running a stop sign.

SERVICE CALLS—Police answered 137 total calls for service during the past week and 85 emergency calls were received through the 911 system.

WARRANTS—Police served two warrants during the past week, one each for possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to appear.

CRIME STOPPERS—Tips on any crime listed above, or any other crime, may be phoned in to Milam County, toll-free, at 1-888-697-TIPS (8477).

A reward of up to $1,000 may be paid for tips.

All calls to the CrimeStoppers system are anonymous.

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