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Burglary foiled by watchful neighbor


Crandall, Texas – On Tuesday October 19, 2010 at approximately 5:43 a.m. Kaufman County deputies responded to the 1700 block of County Road 4106 in reference to a suspicious person. Upon the deputy’s arrival, one suspect abandoned the stolen golf cart he was driving and fled to a nearby wooded area. Deputies recovered numerous stolen items that had been loaded on the back of the cart.   

Deputies immediately began to receive calls in reference to several burglaries that had occurred in the area. With the help of the Crandall Police Department the suspicious suspects were located in the Wind Chase addition and were taken into custody.

Deputies found that the enclosed trailer attached to the Ford Expedition the suspects were driving was stolen out of Collin County. A search of the immediate area yielded two four wheelers, as well as property from three burglaries reported. Total value of the recovered property is estimated to be $30,000.00. All of the stolen property was returned to homeowners.

Jose Luis Perez, age 29, of Mesquite was arrested and charged with burglary of a building, two counts of theft stolen property, and possession of marijuana <2 oz.. Carlos Alfredo Ruiz, age 20, of Dallas was arrested and charged with burglary of a building, and two counts of theft stolen property. Both Perez and Ruiz were transported to the Kaufman County Law Enforcement Center where they remain in custody, with bond set at $33,000 for Perez and $28,000 for Ruiz. 

During the course of inventorying the Ford Expedition, Kaufman County Sheriffs investigators recovered a map with several locations marked in Ellis County. Investigators are also investigating the suspects’ involvement into several burglaries in nearby Ellis County. Further charges are expected.

“The arrest was made possible by the citizen who noticed suspicious activity,” stated Sheriff David A. Byrnes.