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Two local and several Parker County burglaries have been solved with the arrest of three Dallas men late yesterday (Tuesday, June 7).
Sean Allen Schwartz, 25; Nicholas Lopez, 22; and Luis Vallejo, 27, all of Dallas, were arrested in Somervell County after a traffic stop revealed the men in possession of items that law enforcement believe were used in the burglaries.
Once in custody, one of the suspects, who was interviewed by Parker County Sheriff’s investigators, implicated the three men in nearly one dozen burglaries across Parker, Somervell, Erath, Johnson and Hood Counties as well as others within the Metroplex, including the burglary of the Bearcat Café and Shell station in Aledo, the Chevron on Highway 199, the Quick Pick on Highway 51 North and Salt Creek convenience store on Highway 199 West, which was burglarized twice.
Investigators said the six burglaries in Parker County were reported from March through April, where the suspects would disable any alarm systems, forcibly break in and take cash, numerous cartons of cigarettes and tobacco products as well as burglarizing ATMs, while leaving the stores in disarray.
When deputies and investigators arrived on scene, they discovered the stores had been broken into by damaging locking mechanisms and ATM machines, which had been destroyed from being pried open.
The Parker County store owners and employees reported a combined total loss of more than $30,000.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said the patrol division increased patrol and conducted surveillance of numerous stores within the county after a number of convenience store burglaries were reported in recent months.
“We have spent countless hours utilizing crime scene, our CID investigators and a considerable amount of patrol surveillance due to these crimes,” Fowler said. “But just as the suspect knew no boundary lines, neither did our investigators.”
The suspects are being held in Hood County Jail.