Traffic Stop Leads to Four Burglary ArrestsFeatured Stories, News Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
Driving a car in the middle of the night without a front license plate resulted in the arrests of four people accused of a recent series of vehicle burglaries.
Lt. Chuck Fleeger of the College Station Police Department says the officer who stopped a car just after 1 a.m. Tuesday at Harvey Mitchell and Luther noticed electronic equipment laying loose in the back seat.
After the driver gave permission to search the car, Fleeger says they discovered stolen items from two burglaries.
College Station and Bryan police officers then searched the driver’s home in Bryan, where more stolen property was found.
Fleeger says they cleared at least 17 vehicle burglaries since mid-September. Detectives located and seized approximately ½ pound of marijuana and a quantity of illegally possessed prescription drugs.
Fleeger gave credit was given to victims who made prompt reports, which Fleeger assisted those involved in the initial traffic stop. Fleeger says more than $2,100 of property has been returned so far.
Fleeger says the driver, 22 year old Bobby Ray Smith Jr. of Bryan, was originally charged with Driving While License Invalid (Class C Misdemeanor) and two counts of Theft for the property recovered from the vehicle he was operating. After the search warrant was served, Smith was additionally charged with Possession of Marijuana (State Jail Felony) and Felony Theft (State Jail Felony).
23 year old Gerrie Elaine Aldridge of Bryan was charged with Felony Theft (State Jail Felony), Possession of Marijuana (State Jail Felony) and Possession of a Controlled Substance-Penalty Group 2, 4 to 400 grams (2nd Degree Felony).
20 year old Renate Marisa Johnson and 23 year old John Matthew Blanton of Bryan were charged with Felony Theft (State Jail Felony).
Click below for comments from Chuck Fleeger, visiting with WTAW’s Bill Oliver.ChuckFleeger102313.mp3
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