November 16, 2020 - In October, the Center Police Department put an end to a large scale theft ring involving seven suspects. The bust of the theft ring has returned stolen property to five different families who reported having their storage units burglarized spanning from August to mid-October.
Center Police Department Street Crimes Detectives were able to develop a suspect vehicle by security camera footage which led to an arrest. After the suspect was in custody, they moved in on a residence on College Street in Center on October 22, 2020 where the suspect lived and confiscated a large quantity of stolen property.
Officers loaded property as evidence from the exterior of the house into the back of a pickup truck for transport to the police department.
While that property was transported, the officers went to more locations with one being on Terry Street where more evidence was loaded onto a trailer. Next stop by police officers was to a storage building facility located on Riggs Street accompanied by a resident from the house on College Street. The officers then entered a storage unit the resident had access to and proceeded to remove items as evidence, meanwhile leaving property which belonged to the resident in the storage unit.
The officers loaded the majority of the content of the storage unit on to the trailer, filling it, and then placed additional property in the back of a pickup truck for transport to the police department.
According to Center Police Department Detective Andrew Williams, four of the suspects arrested in connection to the thefts are Alisha West, 33 of Center; Angel Carrillo-Olivia, 22 of Nacogdoches; Salvador Loza-Hernandez, 21 of Center; and Ariel Hernandez Corpus, 29 of Sabinas.
Alisha West, Angel Carrillo-Olivia, and Salvador Loza-Hernandez were all charged with Burglary of a Building. Ariel Hernandez Corpus was charged with Burglary of a Habitation. Angel Carrillo-Olivia, Salvador Loza-Hernandez, and Ariel Hernandez Corpus all have a hold for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Charges are pending on additional suspects at this time.
Since August, stolen items included guns, tools, welding machines, lawn mowers, dishes, cookware, furniture, appliances, baby items, and many other various household items.
The case is ongoing and additional charges are anticipated.
In addition to the recovery of property on College Street, the Center Fire Department responded to a structure fire at the same location on November 4, 2020. To view the story on the fire - Center FD Fights House Fire on College Street.