Suspect arrested in burglary investigation

The Wills Point Police Department, Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office and Precinct 4 Constable’s Office put an end to a recent string of burglaries and break-ins around the county with the arrest of a suspect late last week.

According to reports, the WPPD was alerted by a resident living outside the Wills Point city limits of a silver Infinity believed to have been involved in a burglary of a home in the county previously. Over the ensuing days, WPPD officers spotted a vehicle matching that description in multiple locations around the city, including a house on N. Third St.

Throughout the investigative process, officers built a case that eventually allowed law enforcement officials to obtain a warrant for the search of the residence on Third St.

The search warrant, which was executed by the WPPD, VZCSO and Precinct 4 Constable’s Office shortly after 4 p.m. Sept. 1, resulted in law enforcement officials recovering multiple items believed to be stolen from homes around Van Zandt County, including a gaming system, arrows and welding equipment.

While on scene, a police narrative of the incident indicates that a sergeant with the VZCSO witnessed “a silver Infinity make a U-turn in the middle of the road and take off at a high rate of speed.”

The VZCSO and WPPD made a traffic stop on the silver Infinity, identifying the driver of the vehicle as 24-year old Eri Hernandez-Mendoza of Wills Point. An investigation following the traffic stop resulted in the recovery of additional stolen items inside the trunk area of the Infinity.

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