2017-10-10 / News

Police charge youth with offenses after foot chase

BY JIM LOWE
DISPATCH RECORD

A timely call from an alert citizen and quick response by Lampasas police last week resulted in charges being filed against a male juvenile.

Patrol Lt. Chuck Montgomery gave this account.

On Wednesday at 8:45 p.m., police received a call from a resident with a security camera. The resident reported seeing a person running through the caller’s yard in the 100 block of South Park Street and carrying a purse.

Officers Garrett Bradley, Josh Watson and Andy McCatherine responded. When they arrived in the area, McCatherine saw the suspect running away. A brief foot chase followed between the officers and the youth. The juvenile was caught a couple of blocks away.

The male, 15, was charged with burglary of a motor vehicle and evading arrest or detention.

The purse, which was taken from a vehicle in the area, was recovered. It does not appear the suspect forced entry into the vehicle. It is believed a window may have been left down partially.

On Thursday, the male juvenile was taken to an area youth detention facility.

The caller, who was a thirdparty witness to the incident, was not the person who had the purse stolen.

Burglary of a motor vehicle offenses regularly are reported to the Lampasas Police Department and often result when people fail to secure their vehicles, Montgomery said. As a result, “crimes of opportunity” occur. Police frequently are not able to apprehend suspects right away, as was the case last week.

Montgomery reminded Lampasas residents to report suspicious activity. He also recommends citizens remove property of value from their vehicles – or at least keep items out of plain sight.

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