Two burglary suspects told police they figured on a big payday when they broke into a Brownwood business Thursday night. But all they found was an empty cash register and police waiting for them outside.
Carl Eugene Franklin, 26, of Brownwood, was arrested on charges of burglary of a building and evading arrest, Brown County Jail records state. Franklin was also held on two warrants stemming from motions to revoke his probation.
A 16-year-old male was arrested on charges of burglary of a building and evading arrest/detention, a report by officer Troy Grusendorf states.
Grusendorf was dispatched to the Pizza Company, 1201 Coggin, at 12:01 a.m. Friday on a burglary-in-progress call. The business’ back door was open when Grusendorf arrived, and he pulled his gun, kicked open the door and yelled “Brownwood Police Department, come out with your hands in the air, I know you are in here and I will catch you,” Grusendorf’s report states.
Grusendorf heard what sounded like the shuffling of feet toward the front of the business, and officer Fred Bastardo radioed that someone was running from the business toward First Street.
Grusendorf chased the suspect, who dove to the ground in front of the Girl Scout building and said “the other dude is still in there,” Grusendorf’s report states. Officer Sky Self radioed that he had the other suspect in custody.
Both suspects talked to officers about the events that had just happened.
The older suspect said the younger person had told him they could easily break into the business and get a lot of money from the cash register. The older suspect agreed to accompany the teen, and the teen kicked the rear door open, Grusendorf's report states, quoting the older suspect.
The teen gave a different version. He said the older suspect had told him about a business that would be an easy target. The teen said he wanted to be a lookout and that the older man had kicked in the door. “Come on, man,” the teen quoted the older man as saying.
Both went inside, and the teen saw that the cash register drawer was open, and contained no money. “It’s empty, dude,” the teen said he told the older man.
The two heard police outside, yelling for them to come out, the teen told Grusendorf. The older man kicked out a window, jumped out and ran, the teen said. He waited until he thought “the coast was clear,” then made out outside and walked to the Allsup's store at 1019 Coggin.
He left the store and began walking toward a house when an officer ran toward him and arrested him, the teen told Grusendorf.
Self took the teen to the Brown County Juvenile Detention Center, Grusendorf’s report states.
In other incidents:
Officer Brandon Arnold arrested Sterling Spencer, 26, of Waco on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop. Police seized $980 they found in a sock under the dash and another $269 from a compartment on the dash. An 82-year-old man’s relatives believe two women scammed him out of $11,000 after telling him they needed money for medical and legal expenses. Officer Danny Hutchins arrested Clayton Ford, 37, and Lester O’Neal Jr., 30, both of Brownwood, on charges of possession under 2 ounces of marijuana after being dispatched to a report of a woman down in the street in the 100 block of Coleman. Ford was also charged with evading arrest with a vehicle. Officer Zane Taylor arrested Michelle Little, 22, and Ryan Borgia, 31, both of Brownwood, on assault charges after a domestic disturbance in the 300 block of Bluffview. Deputy Jed Polnick arrested Clinton Grubb, 24, on a charge of possessing under 2 ounces of marijuana after a traffic stop at 3:39 a.m. Friday on U.S. Highway 183 North. Deputy James Stroope arrested Anita Rose, 41, of Cross Plains on a charge of possessing under 2 ounces of marijuana after a traffic stop on State Highway 279.