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February 14th, 2012
Three suspected burglars jailed, stolen property returned

Left to right: Vanessa Ann Chagolla, David Alexander Gonzalez, and Eric Samuel Lopez.

by SEAN BATURA

The San Marcos Police Department apprehended two men and one woman less than three days after the burglary of which they stand accused.

At about 9 p.m. Feb. 10, an apartment resident at River Oaks Villas (1900 Aquarena Springs Drive) called police to report his residence had been burglarized. The burglars had entered the victim’s apartment through an unlocked, sliding glass door, according to police.

The suspects allegedly stole several items, mostly electronic devices, including a video game system and a large Vizio flat screen television. As police investigated on-scene, the victim and witnesses spotted a suspicious man in their vicinity. Police detained the man and identified burglary suspects upon further investigation.

Those accused of the burglary include 21-year-old Eric Samuel Lopez of San Marcos, 19-year-old Vanessa Ann Chagolla of San Marcos, and 18-year-old David Alexander Gonzalez of San Marcos.

“They were arrested and all the stolen property was returned back to the victim,” said SMPD Sgt. Fred Wisener.

Lopez and Gonzalez were booked into the Hays County Law Enforcement Center the night of the robbery. Chagolla was booked the day after.

Chagolla was charged with engaging in organized crime and burglarizing a habitation. Both offenses are second degree felonies. If convicted of both, her punishment could range from four to 40 years in prison and a fine of 0-$20,000. A second degree felony carries a prison sentence of 2-20 years and fines of 0-$10,000. Chagolla remains in jail on two bonds totaling $25,000 cash or surety.

Gonzalez was charged with engaging in organized crime, burglarizing a habitation, possessing illegal drug paraphernalia, and consuming alcohol while younger than the legal drinking age. If convicted of all charges, he could face two to 40 years in prison and receive fines of an unspecified minimum amount to $21,000. Gonzalez was released from jail on Monday with bonds totaling $25,000 and fines or court costs of $790.

Lopez was charged with engaging in organized crime, burglarizing a habitation, giving alcohol to a minor, and possessing marijuana and illegal drug paraphernalia. If convicted of all offenses, he could receive fines of an unspecified minimum amount to $26,500. Additionally, he could receive prison time of between four and 41.5 years. The drug paraphernalia charge is a class C misdemeanor, the marijuana charge is a class B misdemeanor, and the alcohol charge is a class A misdemeanor. His fines or court costs total $270 and he remains in jail on bonds totaling $28,000 cash or surety.

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