Beaumont police find 5 suspects in auto burglary spree; a victim is still struggling
Tuesday, at about 4:30 PM, Beaumont Police responded to Academy Sporting Goods in reference to a theft.
When officers arrived on the scene, they noticed the vehicle in question matched the description of a vehicle involved in multiple auto burglaries. The officers found five suspects in the car; two were 16 years old, one was 13 years old, and the other two were 17 years old. BPD officers arrested the 17 year olds, and charged them with unlawfully carrying a weapon. Additional charges are pending on all five suspects; because the other three suspects are juveniles, this case is more complex.
There has been a huge spike in auto burglary crimes. So far in 2018, there have been roughly 1,000 phone calls to BPD relating to auto theft or auto burglary.
Beaumont citizens are being advised to take precautions; lock your car doors, keep valuable items on your person, and invest in some security cameras.
One victim is still suffering from an auto burglary crime. The person who broke into her car took her purse - which had irreplaceable items like her father's drivers license and social security card. Her father passed away five years ago.
Beaumont Police would like to reiterate how important it is to call and report a crime if you see one: 409-832-1234.