2 charged after off-duty agent’s gun stolen
July 14th 2012 · 6 Comments
MISSION — Police say two men chose the wrong vehicle to burgle Thursday morning.
Witnesses alerted the agent to the break-in after seeing two men breaking her car’s window and snatching her purse, where she kept her personal handgun, Garza said.
Police arrested suspected Valluco gang members Marcos Garcia, 38, and Esequiel Mireles, 30, who faced burglary charges at an arraignment on Friday.
The burglary happened about 11 a.m. Thursday while she shopped inside an Aziz gas station located on the 1500 block of Business 83, Garza said. Police found the suspects about 8:30 p.m. Thursday — after a white Cadillac Escalade happened targeted by officers happened to drive pass a police unit.
Investigators searched the suspects’ homes in Weslaco and Edinburg, where they found ten other purses in a burlap sack.
None of the personal belongings, such as credit cards and other items, remained inside, Garza said. Police say the men also stole purses from women in McAllen and Weslaco.
Police found the agent’s .38-caliber special semiautomatic handgun in a shed in Edinburg about 1:30 a.m. Friday.
The suspected gang members faced two counts of burglary of vehicle — a Class A misdemeanor — in Mission Municipal Court. Mireles, a convicted felon, also faced charges for possession of a weapon and a stolen firearm — a third degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
A judge issued Garcia a $100,000 bond, while Mireles was issued a $300,000 bond.
A version of this column originally appeared in www.themonitor.com.
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