A citizen’s tip about suspicious activity at a Brownwood home Monday led to the arrest of a man on a burglary of a building charge, police said.
Officer Patrick Weaver arrested William Smith Jr., 20, after officers were dispatched at 11:40 a.m. to the 1600 block of Vine, Brown County Jail records state. Smith was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to an email from Brownwood police:
Officers were dispatched after a citizen reported an unknown male was at a residence removing items.
Officers spoke with Smith, who said he had permission from the homeowners to remove items from the garage area in exchange for the above-ground pool and trampoline in the background.
Officers located the homeowners, who denied this claim and said no one had permission to be at the residence or remove items.
The homeowners arrived and confirmed items in Smith’s pickup were stolen from their garage. While retrieving the stolen items, officers located drug paraphernalia inside the pickup’s cab.
“I applaud our community for seeing something suspicious and getting us involved,” Assistant Police Chief James Fuller said via email. “We value their calls and need their support in these matters. Keeping this community safe is a community effort
“Also, I am thankful for the continued efforts by our officers. These type events could easily be ‘excused’ away when they’re given an answer for why he was there. The officers used good investigative techniques and appropriately followed through with the investigation.”
The officers and community did a great job of getting a burglary suspect off the streets, Fuller said.