The Brownwood Police Department has concluded an exhaustive investigation into recent vehicle burglaries by apprehending two suspects on Oct. 16, Police Chief Terry Nichols said in a press release Wednesday afternoon.
    The investigation resulted in the recovery of a stolen vehicle, firearms and property, Nichols said.
    Nichols identified the suspects as:
    • Tommy Dale Holland III, 17, of Brownwood, charged with evidence tampering, theft of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance under 1 gram and unlawfully carrying a weapon. Holland is free on bonds totaling $80,000.
    • Dalton Blake Crosby, 18, of Brownwood, charged with evidence tampering, theft of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance under 1 gram. Crosby is free on bonds totaling $42,000.
    The investigation is ongoing and more arrests will be made. Additional charges on Holland and Crosby are anticipated, Nichols said.
    According to Nichols’ press release:
    A vehicle was reported stolen from the 1500 block of Terrace Drive on Oct. 10. That same day, five vehicle burglaries were reported which had occurred at several locations throughout the city. A handgun and an AR-15 rifle were stolen along with an Apple watch and assorted other personal property.
    The stolen vehicle was recovered in an alleyway of the 2100 block of Eighth Street on Oct. 14.
    On Oct. 16, Brownwood officer Jared Spohn stopped a vehicle for a minor traffic violation. During the course of the traffic stop, Spohn and detective Aaron Taylor located one of the stolen firearms along with a small quantity of methamphetamine.
    The subsequent investigation from the traffic stop resulted in the arrests of Holland and Crosby.
    Officer Ray Slayton also assisted in identifying additional suspects and recovering stolen property taken from the vehicle burglaries.
    “This is a great example of the outstanding investigative work Brownwood police officers do every day,” Nichols said. “The collaborative effort between our patrol division and
criminal investigation division is outstanding.
    “We take it personal when members of our community are victimized. I commend all of the officers and detectives who worked countless hours on this investigation and continue to do so.”
    Citizens are reminded to lock their vehicle doors. All of the vehicle burglaries in this investigation were entered through unlocked doors, Nichols said. Valuables such as firearms should not be left in vehicles.
    Remember to “Lock – take – hide,” Nichols said.
    Anyone with information regarding this investigation or other crimes is encouraged to call the Brownwood Police Department at 325-646-2525 or Crime Stoppers at 800-822-8477.