Burglary suspect’s crime spree nears end

by carla noah stutsman
Deoxyribonucleic acid.
It has solved many homicides and rapes, and it’s also freed a substantial number of unfortunate people wrongfully convicted of such crimes.
Deoxyribonucleic acid – more commonly known as DNA – is also helping detectives at the Azle Police Department solve the mystery of just who has been breaking into Azle area businesses, stealing everything from appliances to floor safes, and leaving plenty of damage behind, as well.
Detective Sgt. Kevin Rogers said as many as 16 burglaries of businesses in and around Azle are believed to have been committed by one man. Although Rogers is not yet ready to identify the man pending the issuance of arrest warrants, the suspect left behind identifying traces of his very makeup at several of the crime scenes, he said.
To date, Azle police believe the man may be responsible for burglaries at Sears, Quick Wash, Azle Cleaners, Chicken Express, Taco Casa, Domino’s Pizza, Azle High School, and Tregellas Auto Group, and say the burglar could eventually be tied to other break-ins, as well.
The Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office is working to connect the Azle burglar to burglaries at Always SuperSave and Dollar General on FM 730 North in unincorporated Tarrant County.
Most recently, the brazen burglar stole a pickup at Tregellas Auto Group at 128 Pearson Road around 5:40 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18. Using that stolen pickup, the man burglarized Domino’s Pizza at 636 Boyd Road and Taco Casa at 816 Boyd Road.
By 6:30 a.m., Azle police were onto him, but he abandoned the pickup – along with the safe from Taco Casa chained to it – and ran from police on foot. They were unable to apprehend him.
However, the Azle PD is utilizing DNA technology to assist in identifying the perpetrator involved.
According to Rogers, they hope to make an arrest in the case soon.