At around midnight on January 22, 2017, the victim reported a burglary of a business located in the 4700 blk of Jacksboro Hwy. During the investigation it was determined that among other things, a set of keys to a vehicle were stolen along with a set of keys to the gate. With this information, officers set up on the business believing that the suspect would eventually return and steal the vehicle. It didn’t take long. At approximately 3 a.m. on January 23, the suspect did just that. He was detained at the scene as he was attempting to enter onto the property. He was found to be in possession of a set of vehicle keys. The officers recovered the keys from the suspect and started the vehicle, which was on the property of the business. The suspect was identified as Stephen Maxwell. He was arrested at the scene for burglary of a building and the case was then turned over to detectives to continue the investigation for possible links to unsolved burglaries in the area. Through the diligent efforts of the Property Crimes section Maxwell was linked to 5 additional burglaries in the Jacksboro Hwy area dating back to December of last year. Total bond amount for the burglaries was set at $35,000
On Tuesday, February 7th, at approximately 8:15 am officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department attempted to stop a white 2008 Chevrolet Avalanche for a traffic violation in the area of North Leighton and McNiel. The driver of the vehicle refused to stop for police and began to accelerate away from officers.
The vehicle came to a stop in the 3000 block of Cromwell at which time officers performed a felony stop. The vehicle was occupied by the driver, 22 year old Darrel Hargrove of Wichita Falls, and a 19 year old black male passenger.
Hargrove made several res gestae statements to officers stating that he thought the vehicle was stolen. A check on the vehicle showed it not to be stolen. Officers were unable to make contact with the registered owner and the vehicle was impounded.
Hargrove was arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail without incident where he was charged with felony evading.
The passenger was released at the scene.
On 02-06-17, at approx 1:15pm, WFPD officers were dispatched to the area of 14th/Grace in reference to a stolen Chevrolet Pickup. The victim observed a black male driver and a hispanic male passenger steal his truck from a garage in the 300 blk of Indiana. The victim was able to use a second vehicle to follow the suspects. The suspects tried to get away from him but were unable to do so. Both suspects jumped out of the running truck in the 1600 blk of 14th Street and ran into a residence where they were later found by officers, one of them hiding in a closet. The suspects were identified as Justice Smith, age 20, and Joseph Jimenez, age 21. Both were arrested for Theft over $2500 under $30000. In addition, Smith was charged with Failure to ID and Resisting.
On 5/18/16 at approx. 0300 hrs two unknown suspects broke the glass door of Elliott Electric with a tool, entered the business and stole several Milwaukee electric tools. If you have any information about the identity of these suspects please contact Detective Hardi at (940) 761-7762 or call CrimeStoppers at (940) 322-9888 and reference case number 16-050967.
This vehicle was stolen from the Howard Johnson at 3209 Northwest Frwy on Monday 1/23/17 at approx. 2300 hrs. If you have any information regarding the suspect in this video please contact Detective Schulte at 761-7762 or CrimeStoppers at 322-9888 and reference case number 17-011134.
On January 3rd, the victim reported that his residence in the 1600 blk of Huff had been burglarized. The victim reported jewelry, computer and stereo equipment and clothing items taken from the residence. The victim also stated that the power to the residence had been turned off during the course of the burglary. The case was turned over to detectives and the investigation continued. During the course of the investigation detectives followed up on leads and identified the suspects as James Johnson Jr. and Kelly Jo Rickman. The investigation also revealed that some of the stolen property was sold at a local pawn shop. Enough probable cause was developed to issue burglary of a habitation warrants for both Johnson and Rickman. The suspects were in jail on other unrelated burglary charges when the warrants were served on them.
On January 24 at approximately 6:50 pm, officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to a residence in the 2700 blk of Ridgeway in reference to a burglary of a habitation. While speaking with dispatch the victim was struck on the head multiple times by the suspect(s). The suspect(s) then fled the scene in an unknown direction. Officers arrived on scene and rendered first aid to the victim while paramedics and the fire department were en-route.
During the on scene investigation it was determined that two female subjects had been at the residence earlier in the day. The pair was last seen driving a Buick Rendezvous. A short time later the Buick was located at an apartment complex close to the residence. The vehicle was occupied by one of the suspects, 25 year old Mary Cruz Pando. The second suspect, 27 year old Angela Brandon, was located at an apartment in the complex. Property belonging to the victim was located in the Buick and in Brandon’s possession at the time she was detained. Pando and Brandon were both arrested for burglary of a habitation and transported to jail.
On Tuesday, January 17th, at approximately 12:40 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 600 block of Burnett in reference to a possible burglary of a building. Upon arrival they spoke with the victim who stated that someone made forced entry into his auto shop and stole a 2006 white Dodge Charger that was parked inside.
According to witnesses they observed a white male driving the stolen Charger out of the shop at approximately 11:45 am.
Officers were able to locate the stolen vehicle in the 300 block of E Jefferson with its hood up and driver’s side door open. They also located a white male who was identified as 25 year old Nicholas Hobbs, a former employee of the victim. As officers were detaining Hobbs he advised officers that he had taken the vehicle in order to continue working on it.
Hobbs was transported to the Wichita County jail without incident where he was charged with burglary of a building.
Yesterday, January 12th, officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department made multiple burglary of a habitation arrests.
At approximately 12:00 pm officers observed a white 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt being driven by a black male in the 2300 block of Duvall. Officers observed the driver stop at a residence and then get out to go knock on the front door. The suspect was then seen going to the rear of the residence. The suspect came back up front, got back into his vehicle and drove away. Officers later observed the same vehicle in the alley of the 2300 block of Duvall. The same suspect was seen jumping a fence and carrying a grey bag to the vehicle. The suspect began to drive away when WFPD officers stopped the vehicle. The grey bag that officers saw the suspect carrying was inside the vehicle. The driver was identified as 37 year old James Johnson.
Officers began to check the residence and discovered a rear window to the residence had been broken. The owner was contacted and arrived on scene. The owner of the residence discovered that the electricity to the residence, along with the alarm system, had been turned off. The owner also discovered some personal electronics missing along with a grey bag. The missing electronics were found to be inside the same grey bag that was located in the vehicle Johnson had been driving.
Johnson was arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail. On a search incident to arrest he was found to be in possession of a plastic bag with .3 ounces of a green leafy material that field tested positive for marijuana. He was charged with burglary of a habitation and possession of marijuana.
Later that same day at approximately 2:45 pm WFPD officers responded to the 1900 block of 8th Street in reference to a burglary warrant. Upon arrival they located 50 year Kelly Rickman who had a warrant for her arrest. The warrant stemmed from a burglary that took place December 28, 2016 in the 2600 block of Buchanan.
At approximately 6:00 pm on December 28, 2016 WFPD officers responded to the 2600 block of Buchanan for a burglary of a habitation. Upon arrival officers spoke to the victim who stated that an unknown suspect had forced entry into their residence by breaking a window. Once inside the suspect took various electronics to include a gaming system and accessories.
Once the case was turned over to Detectives with the WFPD Crimes against Property Unit they were able to gather enough probable cause to lead to an arrest warrant for Rickman being issued.
Rickman was transported to the Wichita County jail where she was booked in on the burglary of a habitation warrant.
On 01-02-17, at approx 2:14am, officers observed a motorcycle travelling westbound on Maurine without any working tail lights. When officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop, the driver of the motorcycle started to slow but then looked back at them and accelerated away. After a short chase, the motorcycle came to a stop and the driver was identified as 28 year old Brandon Buras. Investigation revealed that the motorcycle that Buras was operating was stolen. Buras was arrested and booked in to the Wichita County Jail on the following charges:
- Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
- Evading Arrest or Detention with 1 Prior Conviction