Four arrested in two burglary cases

Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

Pursuits in two separate incidents over the weekend led to the arrests of four individuals by the Alice Police Department.

The first incident occurred Saturday, shortly before 10 p.m., officials said.

According to police department records, officers were called to a home in the 200 block of Ninth Street in reference to a theft of items valued at over $1,500.

People in the home reportedly informed officers that a family member, identified as Juan Pablo Rodriguez, 28, of Alice, had stolen a safe from the residence.

On Sunday, shortly before 3 p.m., officers observed Rodriguez in a vehicle traveling in the area of Mesquite Street and attempted to initiate a traffic stop, officials said.

Rodriguez allegedly refused to comply with the officers' commands, however, and led police on a vehicle pursuit, which finally ended in the area of King and Lincoln streets.

The safe, which contained a handgun, jewelry and collectible items, was recovered from Rodriguez's vehicle, officials said.

Rodriguez was arrested and charged with theft over $1,500 and reckless driving, and was transported to the Jim Wells County jail. He remained in the jail Monday on a $2,000 bond.

In a separate incident, officers received an alarm call to a transmission shop in the 600 block of North Johnson Street shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday. Upon arrival, officers determined that entry had been made into the building, and located a suspect a short distance from the scene. That suspect was identified as Juan Javier De La Rosa, 17, of Alice.

De La Rosa was charged with burglary of a building, evading arrest and detention, and a fine for an outstanding warrant.

De La Rosa remained in the county jail Monday on a $2,611 bond.

Further investigation identified two other suspects, both juvenile boys, who were located and arrested on North Johnson Street after they led officers on a brief foot pursuit, police said.

Those juveniles, a 16-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy, were transported to a juvenile detention center in Rio Grande City.

The stolen property, which included a computer and an engine analysis device, was recovered at a residence on Plymouth Street, officials said.