Joslin, Ortiz charged with burglary; both released on bond

Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

In the span of less than half an hour, two alleged burglars were arrested by Alice police in separate incidents Tuesday, officials said.

According to Alice Police Department reports, officers were dispatched to the 600 block of Chestnut Street shortly before 7 p.m. Tuesday in reference to a burglary in progress.

Upon arrival, officers detained a man who reportedly told officers he was doing yard work for the business owner, but later allegedly confessed to breaking into a truck at the location.

The property owner informed officers the man did not have permission to enter the truck, and the suspect was arrested.

He was identified as Jose Luis Ortiz, 49.

Ortiz was charged with burglary of a vehicle and was transported to the Jim Wells County jail. He was later released on bond.

In an unrelated incident, officers were called to the 1100 block of Arcadia Street shortly after 6 p.m. Tuesday in reference to a burglary that had occurred earlier in the day.

The homeowner informed officers a power washer had been removed from his garage by an unknown subject driving a green Mercury Cougar with a brown top.

Nearly an hour after filing the report, the victim phoned the police station and informed officers he was following the suspect vehicle in the area of North Johnson and Main streets.

Officers initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle, and the driver, identified in reports as Jimmy Ray Joslin, 36, allegedly confessed to the burglary.

Joslin reportedly told officers he had sold the power washer to an unknown man in the parking lot of a local convenience store for $20.

Joslin was arrested and charged with burglary of a habitation. He was transported to the Jim Wells County jail, where he was later released on bond.