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2012-02-23

Arrests made in string of burglaries

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

Law enforcement officers with the Bandera County Sheriff's Department Criminal Investigation Division have arrested two suspects in a recent string of burglaries in the Medina, Tarpley and Vanderpool areas, Chief Deputy Richard Smith announced Wednesday, Feb. 15.

Jeremy Bupp, 31, of Spring Branch and Bandera, and Bonnie Friesenhahn, 18, of Spring Branch, have been charged with felony burglary of a building.

After confessing to being an accessory to the Medina burglary, Friesenhahn was arrested on Friday, Feb. 10. She subsequently bonded out of the Bandera County Jail the next day.
Bupp, however, remains incarcerated in the Bexar County Jail on drug charges and multiple other warrants. According to BCSO Capt. Charlie Hicks, BCSO deputies served Bupp with a felony warrant for burglary of a building.

Credible information led to the arrest of the pair and subsequent felony charges.

Additionally, Hicks said, county investigators are also looking into a possible third suspect.
According to Hicks, Bupp has also confessed to the string of burglaries that had plagued the western end of Bandera County since last fall.

Businesses that had been hit included a combination laundry mat and carwash located in the 13000 block of Highway 16 North on Nov. 25, Keese's Bar-B-Que in Medina and Lost Maples General Store in Vanderpool on Dec. 19, Old Timers in Medina on Jan. 9 and the Tarpley General Store on FM 470 on Jan. 12. "All burglaries have been accounted for," Hicks said.

Bupp apparently has relatives in the Tarpley-Vanderpool areas, so he was familiar with that part of the county, Hicks indicated, adding, "He's spent a lot of time here."

Additionally, Bupp has reportedly confessed to similar burglaries in Medina, Kerr, Kendall, Comal and Uvalde counties. On Tuesday, Feb. 21, BCSO CID investigators participated in a round table discussion with their counterparts from those counties to discuss how to bundle the various burglary cases most effectively.

The method of operation for all burglaries was essentially the same. "The burglaries occurred in the early morning hours and electricity was cut to the buildings, making the security cameras inoperable," Hicks said in an earlier interview. "This led us to believe the burglaries were committed by the same suspect or suspects."

During the burglaries, thieves made off with a quantity of cigarettes, as well as displays of pocketknives.

The only stolen item that has been recovered so far is an ATM machine that was taken from the Tarpley General Store. "Deputies recovered the machine in the location where Bupp disposed of it," Hicks said. "The rest of the stolen items had apparently been disposed of to support the suspects' drug habits."

During the investigation of the Tarpley burglary, investigators discovered bank receipts scattered on the side of FM 462 about three miles from the store. The documents were later conclusively linked to the break-in at the Tarpley General Store.

A BCSO press release issued Feb. 9 relayed scant details of the arrest because investigations into other burglaries were ongoing at that time.

Hicks praised the BCSO investigators worked on the case, saying, "They did an excellent job and are a credit to the sheriff's office and the community."

Concurring with his second in command, Smith added, "I want the community to join me in congratulating these investigators for their tireless efforts in apprehending these individuals."