On April 4th at approximately 5:50 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department responded to a possible burglary of a habitation in the 2100 block of Ave E. Officers were advised that the suspect had just walked into the residence, took a rifle and then fled the scene in a beige Chevrolet Impala.
Officers located and stopped the suspect vehicle in the 2100 block of Ave E and identified the driver as 35 year old Francisco Esparza. Officers saw in plain view what appeared to be a rifle laying across the center console of the vehicle. Upon further inspection of the rifle it was determined to be a toy.
Officers spoke to witnesses on scene who advised that they saw Esparza go into the residence after he had been told him that no one was home. The witnesses stated that they saw Esparza exit the residence with the rifle at which time they notified police.
Officers were able to make contact with the home owner who advised that they did not know Esparza and at no time did they give him permission to be in their residence.
Officers placed Esparza in custody and transported him to the Wichita County jail where he was charged with burglary of a habitation. It was also discovered that Esparza was driving on a suspended license and therefore he was also charged with driving while license is suspended.