A teenage boy and girl have been arrested in connection with a string of car burglaries in at least two neighborhoods in West Bexar County.
Sheriff’s deputies made the arrests around 5 a.m. Tuesday after they responded to a call from a neighbor about a suspicious car in the Stage Run subdivision off Boerne Stage Road.
“We came to investigate,” said Paul Berry, spokesman for the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office. “There was a male suspect, a minor in the car, and, visibly, in the back of the car, was quite a bit of property."
Berry said the property matched what was taken during several reported car burglaries last week, as well as about a dozen that had happened overnight.
Deputies also found a teenage girl in a nearby subdivision, the Bluffs at Two Creeks, and took her into custody.
Berry said several of the overnight burglaries also happened in that neighborhood.
"Anytime you leave property in your car, it is, essentially, inviting thieves to come to your car,” he said.
Among the stolen items were a $2,500 set of golf clubs, laptop computer and newly purchased bed comforters, Berry said.
Elizabeth Franco, who lives in the Bluffs, said the thieves took a wallet from her car that she had been holding for her sister, who’s in the hospital.
"(They) took all the evidence out, have scattered it through the whole neighborhood. So I've been on foot finding all the stuff, scattered,” she said. “We're in a gated community and this is what happens.”
Franco said she’s positive her car doors were locked and has no idea how the crooks got in.
Gerardo Gomez, however, admitted that, in his case, he may have unintentionally helped them.
"The door may have been left open, but there was no forced entry. So I couldn't tell you how they got in,” he said.
Like his neighbors, though, Gomez was soon relieved to find out his stolen property -- the newly purchased bedding -- was being returned to him.
After seizing the stolen items from the suspects’ car, deputies were able to quickly give them back to their rightful owners.
"It's a great day when you get to actually recover stolen items and return them,” Berry said. “This doesn’t happen every day.”
Because the suspects are minors, sheriff’s investigators did not release their names.
Berry said he also did not know their exact ages.