Police said they recovered at least 13 televisions, a few computers, a guitar, framed prints, stereo equipment and more. They found the property in an apparently stolen truck believed to have been used in the break-ins, said PAPD Lt. James Stokes.
Officers hadn’t released the arrested men’s names at press time. Stokes said one was an 18- year- old man, and the other was 29 years old, both residents of Corpus Christi.
Scott Burroughs, PAPD chief, said further investigation could result in the arrest of additional accomplices.
None of the homes were occupied at the time of the break-ins, police said.
The arrests happened after PAPD Officer Seth Rosebrook spotted a suspicious vehicle – a Ford F-350 “box truck” – while he was on patrol in the Village Walk neighborhood about 4:30 a.m., according to a news release issued by PAPD.
As Rosebrook approached, two men got out of the truck and ran, the release said. After a foot chase, Rosebrook found a man hiding in some shrubs and arrested him.
A second on-duty officer, Clayton Winn, was dispatched to the area, and three off-duty officers were called in to help, including Burroughs.
Burroughs and Winn found a second suspect at a convenience store at Beach Access Road 1A and State Hwy. 361.
The truck had been stolen from a Corpus Christi business, Stokes said.
Police received four reports of burglaries in the 2500 block of South 11th Street on the morning of Saturday, May 20. Eleven flat-screen televisions and tools were reported stolen from four unoccupied houses, police said. Executive Lt. Darryl Johnson said police were investigating to determine whether the incidents were related to the break-ins that occurred two days later.
Burroughs had praise for the police work by Rosebrook, a rookie who was hired last winter and has been patrolling on his own for only about two months.
“It is apparent that Rosebrook has good instincts, and with a little more training and experience, he will become a very good officer,” Burroughs said.
Rosebrook is the third regional academy valedictorian that PAPD has hired since 2009.
“Our ability to attract such outstanding recruits speaks volumes about the potential for this department,” Burroughs said.