Investigators ID young suspects in Meadowlakes vehicle burglaries


MEADOWLAKES — Authorities say they have recovered items, including a firearm, and identified two suspects in a string of December vehicle burglaries in the gated Meadowlakes community.

The case involving two males, described as in their late teens and early 20s, is expected to be presented to the Burnet County attorney’s office the week of Jan. 20, said investigator Stephen Savoy of the Heart of Texas Auto Theft Task Force.

“We’ve identified two suspects who reside with their parents in Meadowlakes,” Savoy said. “They are cooperating with (Burnet County) Sheriff’s Office investigators in the recovery of some of the items take from the vehicles.”

Savoy added investigators will request the county attorney consider full restitution in each case as part of the sentencing on Class A misdemeanor charges. The maximum sentence with a conviction is a year in jail.

Items taken included cash, wallets, digital devices, a firearm, jewelry and other personal items.

“Without (the suspects’) cooperation, we may not have been able to clear up this investigation,” Savoy said. “We have recovered the gun. The weapon has been returned.”

The case concluded that owners of at least 13 vehicles reported stolen items. In each case, suspects targeted unlocked vehicles.

“Some of the items were discarded in a Dumpster, and I don’t believe they will be retrievable — checks, credit cards,” he said. “There is no indication that they used any of those.”

Investigators said a tip led them to the suspects, who had told other people about their involvement in the crimes.

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