Police: Man, 17, may be connected to other burglaries

Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

A 17-year old Alice man was arrested Thursday and charged with burglary of a vehicle, and officials said they believe he can be connected to a string of burglaries that have occurred in the city recently.

Martin Cantu Jr., 17, was arrested Thursday after a warrant was obtained for his arrest in connection with a recent vehicle burglary.

According to Alice Police Department reports, that burglary occurred sometime late Tuesday or early Wednesday in the 100 block of Olmito Street.

The owner of that vehicle reportedly told police an unknown subject entered the vehicle through an unlocked door and removed an 18-inch television, a 2500 watt power inverter and a radar detector.

Shortly before 5 a.m. Wednesday, a patrol officer initiated a traffic stop on a black Lincoln Town Car in the 1200 block of Houston Street for defective equipment.

The officer was given permission to search the vehicle, and discovered a 2500 watt power inverter in the back seat of the car, between two passengers, according to reports.

One of those passengers, identified as Cantu, reportedly told officers the inverter belonged to his brother. Following his arrest on the warrant, Cantu was charged with burglary of a vehicle and was transported to the Jim Wells County jail, where he remained Friday on $10,000 surety bond. Alice Chief of Police Danny Bueno said Friday Cantu has an extensive criminal record and is expected to be linked to several other burglaries that have occurred in the city in recent weeks.