Juveniles flee Ft. Worth halfway house, burglarize vehicles in Copperas Cove
By LYNETTE SOWELL
A 17-year-old male is in the Coryell County Jail after being arrested last Friday morning by Copperas Cove police in connection with a string of vehicle burglaries.
Gabriel Zamora was arrested upon reports of four vehicles being broken into, in the 1500 block of Sherry Lane.
According to the arrest affidavit, an off-duty police officer, Lt. Danny Belk, observed two males looking into vehicles on Sherry Lane around 4 a.m. and informed dispatch. The two males left in a white sedan, which was located by Officer Charleston in the vicinity of Casa Drive. But, when Officer Charleston turned on the patrol car lights to stop them, three males left the vehicle and ran. Another officer pursued on foot, apprehending one of the males, a juvenile. Two other males were apprehended around 6:29 a.m. after dispatch was informed that there were individuals flagging people down in the area of Freedom Lane and Winchester Drive, asking for a ride.
Dispatch learned that the juveniles had fled a halfway house in Fort Worth on Friday evening with Zamora, and then traveled to Copperas Cove.
Lt. Belk also provided officers with video surveillance which depicted two of the three subjects entering his vehicle, one of whom was identified as Zamora. Three other vehicles were also broken into on Sherry Lane.
Zamora was also charged with evading arrest, and failing to identify fugitive from justice.
In addition to the vehicle burglaries on Sherry Lane, two other vehicles were broken into in the 1100 block of Victoria and another vehicle in the 1400 block of Bluffdale. The owner one of the vehicles on Victoria said her console and glove box had been opened but nothing was missing.
As of Thursday morning, Zamora was still listed as being in the Coryell County Jail on $32,000 in bonds. The juveniles were detained and released to Juvenile Probation.