'Person of interest' Blake Haggerton sought in Hill Country burglaries
2 suspects arrested, Haggerton ‘person of interest’ in 30 cases
Blake Haggerton, 25, a man with a history of arrests throughout the region, is being sought as a “person of interest” in a string of Hill Country burglaries.
The Kerr County Sheriff’s Office has issued an appeal for information on Blake Haggerton’s whereabouts.
Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer said Haggerton is someone who might have valuable information on a string of burglaries in about a half-dozen counties that date back to March.
Earlier this month, detectives arrested two suspects, Mark Mendez, 25, and Paul-Douglas Roe, 24, both of Fredericksburg. Both are being held on bonds totaling $200,000.
Mendez has been linked to about 30 burglaries, while Roe is tied to six so far, Hierholzer said.
“They took mostly jewelry,” Hierholzer said. “The problem we had there is it's so easy to get rid of, you know? You have hundreds of thousands of places that buy gold and silver. This is jewelry that your great-grandmother may have passed down and these crooks don't give a darn about that. All they want is money."
Hierholzer said his investigators did recover about $50,000 worth of jewelry, but he believes many more pieces had already been sold by the suspects and melted down.
On Wednesday afternoon, he displayed a table of items that had been recovered, including everything from trinkets and silverware to video game systems. He said he hopes to eventually return it all to its owners.
"Most of that is just the stuff they didn't think is worth much. The real good jewelry they had already gotten rid of, " Hierholzer said.
Haggerton currently has outstanding warrants in three counties, Hierholzer said. Records show he also has a history of arrests in several counties dating back to 2003.
"So he is somebody who we need to get off the street as soon as we can," Hierholzer said.
Anyone who knows where Blake Haggerton might be is asked to call the Kerr County Sheriff’s Office at 830-896-1216, or Kerr County Crime Stoppers at 830-896-TIPS (8477).
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