Police warn that these incidents up around holidays

Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

The Alice Police Department is warning residents to be on the lookout for suspicious individuals, after tips led to the arrests of three suspected burglars Monday.

The arrests occurred in two separate incidents Monday, and involved individuals who were allegedly apprehended while in the act of stealing items.

According to Alice Police Department reports, the first incident occurred shortly before 10:30 a.m. Monday at a residence in the 300 block of East Fourth Street.

Officers arrived at the scene and discovered a 22-year old man identified as Brandon Alexander Dawkins removing the rear wheel of a vehicle. Dawkins reportedly told officers he was removing the tire at the request of a family member, but when officers contacted the owner of the vehicle the owner had no knowledge of who Dawkins was. Dawkins was arrested and charged with burglary of a vehicle and was transported to the Jim Wells County jail.

In the second incident, officers responded to the 200 block of Palo Blanco shortly before 1:30 p.m. in reference to a burglary in progress. Officers arrived at the scene and found two 15-year old boys allegedly stealing an air conditioner unit from a home. Both juveniles were charged with burglary of a habitation and were transported to a local juvenile detention facility.

On Tuesday, Alice Police Chief Danny Bueno warned residents that the number of burglaries typically increases during the holiday season.

"During the holiday season, people have got to be more concerned and more careful about their items," Bueno said. "You've got to be very aware of your surroundings, as well as the neighborhood you might live in, be sure you let people know if you're going out of town, be sure to let someone know if you see someone suspicious. Call the police right away."