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Burglaries continue - Tarpley takes latest hit

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

A burglary that occurred in Tarpley last week followed the same method of operation (MO) used in a series of other recent break-ins.

According to Capt. Charlie Hicks of the Bandera County Sheriff's Office, emergency dispatch received a call at 7:30 pm, Thursday, Jan. 12, reporting that the Tarpley General Store on FM 470 had been burglarized. The report indicated that the business had been hit earlier that morning. The thieves had made off with a quantity of cigarettes, as well as several displays of pocketknives.

"The outside electricity had been cut before the suspects entered the business," Hicks said. This same MO had apparently been employed during earlier break-ins at Old Timers and Keese's Bar-B-Que in Medina and at Lost Maples General Store in Vanderpool. At those locations, cigarettes and pocketknives also seemed to be the swag of choice.

Additionally, BCSO investigators also discovered bank receipts scattered on the side of FM 462 about three miles from the store. The documents were later linked back to the Tarply General Store burglary.

According to Hicks, an investigation into the rash of linked break-ins continues; however, he noted, a person of interest has been identified.

Meanwhile, Hicks urged business owners - especially those operating in isolated areas - to take extra precautions until the burglary investigations are completed.

"The best thing would be for business owners to install motion-activated video cameras that are not linked to the business' outside source of electricity," he said. Hicks also advised that security cameras be placed both inside and outside businesses.

Business owners and night owls are also asked to report any suspicious activities in early morning hours by calling 9-1-1 immediately.