Sherman Police arrested a woman after finding stolen items in her vehicle connected to recent burglaries. Later, when police left the scene, a man drove off in the same vehicle, ran out of gas and was held at gunpoint by a resident until police arrived Thursday morning.
At about 3:18 a.m., Sherman Police were dispatched to call reporting suspicious activity in the 1200 block of West Taylor Street. The caller reported suspects were possibly siphoning off gas from a vehicle at the apartment complex, according to a Sherman Police report.
Officers responded to find a woman asleep inside the vehicle, so the officers checked on her, according to a news release. While speaking to the 18-year-old woman, the release notes the officers smelled a strong marijuana odor from inside the vehicle. They then searched the vehicle to discovered stolen items connected to recent burglaries.
Police Sgt. D.M. Hampton said the items included driver’s licenses, cellphones, remotes and a laptop. The report noted drug paraphernalia was also located. The release states officers were approached while at the scene and informed of several burglaries of vehicles at the apartment complex. Some of the items were returned to the owners.
Mayra Granados was arrested for burglary of a vehicle, and a citation was issued to her for possession of drug paraphernalia. Hampton said while police responded, searched the vehicle, and arrested Granados, a second suspect was watching from the distance.
The suspect, later identified as 20-year-old Jesus Eduardo Reyes, had left the scene before police arrived. Hampton said he was apparently hiding behind a building, and waited for police to leave the scene before approaching the vehicle. So as police cleared out, he entered the vehicle and drove off.
A nearby resident was also watching the scene, and spotted Reyes enter the vehicle. The resident followed Reyes, and the vehicle Reyes was driving ran out of gas in the 1700 block of North Travis Street, Hampton said. The resident was armed with a handgun and held Reyes until police responded.
The report states police responded to a disturbance call, and officers found two men involved in a verbal dispute near their vehicles in the roadway. The resident who held Reyes at gunpoint was not licensed to carry, Hampton said. A report was filed for unlawfully carrying a weapon, but Hampton said the man was not filed on for any criminal offenses.
Reyes was arrested for driving without a license and not having insurance. The release noted evidence was found that connected both Reyes and Granados to recent vehicle burglaries at an apartment complex in the 1800 block of West Washington Street, which is near the first scene. Another charge was added to Reyes for burglary of a vehicle.
Hampton noted it would have been better for the resident to call police and that the whole incident is an example of why residents should report suspicious activity. He said people saw something, so they said something, and it led to getting burglary suspects off the street.
“It’s a perfect example of why it’s important to say something,” Hampton said. “You never know what it’s going to lead to.”
The release notes the investigation is ongoing. Bond was set at $3,000 for each suspect.