Last Saturday night a number of vehicles in the Copano Cove area were entered, and valuable items stolen. The primary suspect in those burglaries, Remigio Espinoza, 27, was arrested and was in the Aransas County Jail as of press deadline Thursday. Bail was set at $5,000.
Aransas County Sheriff Bill Mills said Espinoza carried out additional burglaries in the area, as well, but those cases remain under investigation.
“We will probably clear 18 to 20 burglaries, maybe more (with his arrest),” he said.
Mills noted the vehicles that were broken into were not locked.
“There was no sign of forced entry,” he said.
About $8,000 worth of guns were taken from one of the vehicles, and most of them have been recovered.
“We (tracked down and arrested) the suspect with a lot of assistance from one of the victims,” said the sheriff.
Mills noted car burglaries have been running in streaks in the county.
“It’s not every night, or even every few days, but when it happens there are up to 10 vehicles hit in one area,” said the sheriff. “The best thing you can do is make sure you lock your doors. It’s been a while since we’ve had a car actually broken into.”
The ACSO has posted deputies in unmarked cars in areas where such activity is reported.
“The problem is we have to be doing that on the right night. It’s like finding a needle in a haystack,” said Mills.
The Aransas County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) has remained busy this week, arresting five more individuals Thursday, Aug. 1 in a home at the end of Gagon Street, north of Linden Street. Additional information about that raid, which resulted in the confiscation of stolen property, drugs, drug paraphernalia, and cash, was not available as of press deadline.