Brownwood police arrested a vehicle burglary suspect Tuesday morning after getting a tip that a man was walking in a south Brownwood neighborhood and looking into cars.
Ricky Smith, 20, was booked into the Brown County Jail on a charge of burglary of a vehicle, jail records state.
Police were dispatched to the 1900 block of 14th at 12:30 a.m. on a report of a “suspicious male,” a report by officer Danny Hutchins states.
Hutchins found the suspect in the area of Slayden and 10th, and discovered that the man had a cell phone and charger in his sweatshirt pocket. The man said the phone was his, but could not answer when Hutchins asked him who he had last called or what numbers were in the phone’s memory. The man then said the phone was his girlfriend’s, Hutchins’ report states.
Hutchins began calling numbers in the phone’s memory and learned the phone belonged to a man who lives in the 1800 block of 17th. Hutchins drove there and spoke with the man, who looked in his pickup and said his phone and charger were missing.
Police are investigating other recent vehicle burglaries at locations including the 2001 block of Slayden, where a bottle of pain pills was taken from one vehicle and another vehicle was entered, but nothing taken; and the 2400 block of Monticello, where a duffel bag with clothing and jewelry was taken.
In other incidents:
Police arrested Joel Ramirez, 47, on charges of theft and criminal trespassing after an attempted shoplifting. The suspect attempted to steal items including condoms, KY lubricant and women’s underclothes, police said. Deputy John Fincher arrested Jerry Lobstein, 39, on charges of unlawful carrying of a weapon and possession of a controlled substance after a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 67/84 just west of Bangs. Someone tried to cash two forged money orders of $950 each at Wal-Mart.