Suspects detained in ‘funeral robberies’
After asking the public’s help to identify still frames from surveillance videos taken at the Valero gas station at 7253 Interstate 10 in Orange, Orange County deputies say that at least two suspects are headed for custody.
According to deputies, Orange County sheriffs have worked three burglary cases where homes were burglarized while families were attending funerals of their loved ones. Apparently the suspects got information from newspaper obituaries and burglarized the homes while the families were out.
Orange County Sheriff’s Detective Chad Hogan told The Record late Tuesday that a female suspect picked up in Port Neches has an arrest warrant against her, and a man suspected in the burglaries is already in jail on an unrelated charge.
The first case was on Aug. 21 at a residence in the 4300 block of Linda Street in Orange, and the second, also on Aug. 31, in the 1400 block of Shelley Road in Orange, said Hogan. The latest case was Sept. 10 in the 5900 block of Turner Road in Orange, where deputies believe the home was burglarized while a woman attended the funeral of her late husband.
Reported stolen was a black Vizo 32-inch flatscreen television valued at $400, a black fanny pack type purse containing the woman’s driver’s license, assorted credit cards and an undetermined amount of currency from a bedroom dresser.
She was informed by Valero staffers Monday her Valero gas card had been used at the I-10 station on that day.