Brownwood police followed up on a tip early Thursday morning that a 17-year-old burglary suspect would be at Coggin Park with stolen items. The tip was accurate, and police arrested the teen.
Clifford Denison III, of Brownwood, remained Thursday in the Brown County Jail on a charge of burglary of a habitation, jail records state.
Officer Jesse Mares went earlier this week to a home in the 1500 block of Durham, where a man and his son identified themselves as the victims of the burglary, Mares' report states. Several items of clothing were taken as well as a laptop computer issued by Brownwood Middle School and a backpack. All of the items taken belonged to the man's son, Mares was told.
Mares got a tip around 1 a.m. Thursday that the suspect was going to be a Coggin Park with some of the stolen items. Mares located the suspect and another person sitting in the back seat of a car at the park, and both agreed to talk to Mares.
Mares questioned them about the stolen items, and then the suspect asked to speak to Mares. The officer escorted him to the back seat of his patrol car. The suspect said he was responsible for the burglary and that the person with him had no idea of the crime, Mares' report states. The suspect said he had been kicked out of his home and had no clothes, and he knew the youth at the home on Durham had good clothes. He said he entered the home through an upstairs window one recent afternoon when no one was home.
The suspect said he had taken the laptop computer, then smashed it and thrown it into a trash can.
Officer Shade Tidwell located the computer and also located more stolen property in a residence in the 1300 block of 11th.