Burleson resident Colton Patterson, 20, was among six arrested Sunday for post-wedding breaking, entering and vandalism. Five of the arrested, including Patterson, are U.S. Marines, according to reports.
Patterson was among the guests at the Sunday wedding of Abigail Carlson, 21, of Pensacola, Florida, and Zachary Fuit, 26, of Roy, Utah.
Santa Rosa County deputies about 9 p.m. that same night responded to now closed Munson Elementary School. A caretaker on site told deputies that the suspects removed wooden boards covering a broken window to enter the building. The caretaker said he heard a loud noise and saw two of the suspects climbing through the window, according to the Pensacola News Journal.
The caretaker wrote down the numbers of two cars in the lot, one of which had Texas plates.
The caretaker said he heard more noise from the other end of the building and subsequently saw the suspects run for the cars and speed off. The caretaker found two pieces of an electrical breaker broken and discarded at the scene.
Deputies, going on license plate numbers, located and pulled the newly wed couple over in the parking lot of a Pic-N-Sav grocery store. Carlson told deputies she and her friends “found the school,” which they believed was abandoned. She said they parked and looked around the building and that Fuit took pieces of the electrical breaker.
Deputies located the other car containing the other four suspects a short time later and pulled it over near a fire station. Deputies charged all six with burglary, criminal mischief and theft.
A May 8 traffic stop led to one man’s arrest on three charges.
Cleburne police responded at 5:10 a.m. to the 1200 block of West Henderson Street on reports of a burglary alarm sounding. Once there they spotted a suspicious vehicle and conducted a traffic stop.The driver, Christopher Reed Freed, 44, of Springtown, was found to be in possession of credit card skimming devices and several credit cards, according to reports.
Police arrested him on charges of credit/debit card abuse, fraudulent use/possession of identification and driving while license invalid.
Cleburne fire calls
Firefighters responded to reports of a possible illegal burn at 11:02 a.m. May 21 in the 1000 block of East Second Street to find light smoke emitting from a 55-gallon metal barrel with a metal grate placed on top. Firefighters noted that the barrel did not appear to be close enough to any structure to cause a problem.
Firefighters approached the fence at the front of the business where they met the property owner who told them he planned to cook his lunch over the fire in question, according to reports. Firefighters told him it’s illegal to have any fire other than a cooking fire in city limits. The man assured firefighters there was no trash in the barrel, only charcoal, but refused to admit firefighters onto his property without a warrant, according to reports.
Another person, however, told firefighters that he witnessed a worker from the property in question take trash from a dumpster, put it in the barrel and set it on fire. The same person said he shot video of the incident on his phone. Firefighters directed the man to a police officer on scene, according to reports, but he apparently left the scene instead and never produced the alleged video.
Another firefighter said he doubted the man was using the barrel to cook as there was a grill close to the barrel. The same firefighter said an emergency call came through at that time and firefighters on scene departed to answer that call.
The decision was made not to pursue the matter because the barrel did not appear to pose any threat to life or property, according to reports.
Firefighters responded to an odor of gas call at 11:37 a.m. May 23 in the 300 block of North Pendell Avenue. The smell appeared to originate from the stove, which firefighters turned off as well as the gas line to the house.