New Braunfels police on Wednesday caught two suspects alleged to have burglarized vehicles at a San Marcos shopping center.
Police caught Reynaldo Hernandez Jr., 34, and Linda Ann Montez, 21, both of San Antonio, hours after they allegedly had broken into three vehicles at Springtown Mall and another in the 2400 block of Interstate 35 South in San Marcos on Wednesday afternoon.
Police said Hernandez and Montez stole credit cards from the vehicles to go on a spending spree at stores that included J.C. Penney’s and Best Buy before heading down to New Braunfels, where police spotted them driving erratically heading south on I-35 around 12:30 p.m., pulling over their car in the 4800 block of I-35 North. There, they discovered stolen property from the four vehicles that was later recovered by San Marcos police detectives.
Both suspects were booked into the Comal County Jail. Both were charged with three counts of burglary of a vehicle, two counts of credit card abuse, theft of a firearm and identity theft. Hernandez was also charged with several traffic charges. Montez also had an outstanding warrant out of Nueces County.
Two small children traveling with the pair were later released to relatives. Each suspect had bonds totaling over $400,000 and remained in the Comal County Jail on Thursday.
“It was great cooperation between the two police departments,” New Braunfels police chief Ron Everett said Thursday night. “Often times we get calls to combine our efforts, and it certainly works, because there are crimes committed between our two (cities) by (criminals) going up and down Interstate 35.”
by Will Wright
Newstreamz New Braunfels