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Groves

February 3, 2014

Groves burglary may be connected to area burglaries

GROVES — Two men who were arrested last week after a home burglary are suspects in a string of area burglaries.

At about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, officers from the Groves Police Department were dispatched to the 5100 block of Lawndale Avenue after a resident found that someone had broken into her home. The woman told officers she saw a man carrying property away from her home that she believed belonged to her, Groves City Marshal Jeff Wilmore said in a press release.

The resident scared the burglar and he was last seen running out of the rear of the property. The woman’s rear doorway had been forced open and several items that had been removed from her home were found in the area where the burglar was last seen.

Responding officers were able to locate a vehicle they deemed suspicious that appeared to be a “getaway” vehicle and the driver was arrested on outstanding warrants and possession of a controlled substance.

Several witnesses were found who had seen the burglar running away from the home and directed officers toward Baird Street. Officers were able to locate the suspect hiding under a house and he had in his possession property that was identified as belonging to the victim, Wilmore said.

Subsequent investigation led investigators with the Groves Police Department, Pot Neches Police Department and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office to a residence in Fannett. At that residence, numerous items were recovered which had been reported as stolen to area law enforcement agencies. Included in the recovery was a trailer and a new Polaris all-terrain vehicle.

Brandon M. Lewing, 33, of Groves, was arrested and charged with burglary of a habitation and Joshua D. Patteson, 33, formerly of Groves, was arrested ad charged with possession of a controlled substance and traffic warrants.

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