Alert citizens assist in catching burglar

MGN Online
POSTED: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 5:48am
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 5:59am

According to Temple Police Department, on Friday, around 1:30 p.m., police recieved a call in the 900 block of South 21st Street. The caller reported seeing the male suspect exit the rear of the home with property and the citizen confronted the burglar. The male suspect dropped the property and fled the scene on foot. Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the male suspect.

At approximately 3:45 p.m., Temple police received another call reporting a burglary in progress at a residence in the 1300 block of South 15th Street. The caller reported seeing a male suspect enter the rear of a neighbor's home, and the male suspect had not yet left the residence.

Officers converged on the home and established a perimeter. Commands were then issued for the suspect to exit the building, and a canine unit was sent to the house. The suspect surrendered to the officers upon the arrival of the canine unit.

Timothy Rice, a 35-year-old Belton man, was taken into custody without incident. The witness from the previous burglary was able to positively identify Rice as the same man that had broken into the residence on South 21st Street.

Officers reviewed cases with the Bell County District Attorney's Office on Sunday, May 25, and criminal complaints were issued by that office. Rice was arraigned on two counts of burglary of a habitation, and his bond was set at $75,000 for each count. He remains in the Bell County Jail.








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