June 28, 2013
A statement released Friday morning by the Abilene Police Department:
ABILENE, TX – A lengthy investigation led by officers with the Street Crimes Unit (SCU) resulted in the recent arrest of two burglary suspects. Christopher D. Mack Jr. (DOB: 09/10/90) and Willie E. Nelson (DOB: 04/05/81) were both arrested on the afternoon of June 19 on an arrest warrant for one count each of Burglary of a Habitation. They were arrested at separate locations in the late afternoon hours. Both men were booked into the Taylor County Jail. Bond was set at $75,000 each. The nature of the circumstances and the findings leading up to the arrest are described below:
During the month of May 2013 a series of burglaries, eight involving residences and one involving a business, were reported to or confirmed by Abilene Police. These burglaries all occurred within a 2-mile radius in the south-central part of Abilene. Officers learned that forced entry was the prevailing method of entry during these burglaries with stolen loot consisting of jewelry, electronics, shoes and some uniquely traceable items. During the week of June 2nd, SCU officers were on to several leads, including a lead that brought them closer to linking Willie Nelson to one of the burglaries. On June 7th, SCU officers were assisted by Patrol Division officers whom contacted Nelson during a traffic stop. During that encounter, Nelson was cited for two traffic violations and subsequently transported to the Law Enforcement Center for questioning. Additionally, a residence linked to Nelson was searched that afternoon, resulting in the seizure of various property items that were suspected as being stolen. Further investigation into said property was eventually linked to several victims. Victims and witnesses both played critical roles in this investigation and were key in the identification of involved persons, suspects and stolen property.
Over $15,000 in recovered stolen property has been identified to their rightful owners. As a result of these investigations, several other burglary cases will also be presented to the Taylor County District Attorney's office for consideration of charges. This investigation is still on-going.
This investigation also highlighted the benefits of properly engraving/marking easy-to-steal or high-dollar valuables, and having a corresponding inventory list. Because seven victims were able to provide identifying information about some of their stolen property, such as serial numbers or unique identifiers, investigators were eventually able to link some recovered stolen property to these victims. APD encourages our citizens to record make, model, and serial numbers on all valuables within their homes. Engraving some of these valuables with a driver's license number is also highly suggested. If you don't already have an inventory system in place, there is a free website that we would like to offer so that you can record this information—www.leadsonline.com. Click on the Citizen Property Inventory System link named "Report It" to access this valuable tool online.