Bellville police are investigating a string of vehicle thefts and burglaries that have occurred over the past two weekends.
According to Bellville Police Lieutenant Jason Smalley, five vehicles have been stolen since an incident in the early morning hours between midnight and 3 a.m. of Friday, June 19th, where three trucks were stolen. Two more vehicles, a silver Ford F-350 dually and a black Chevrolet Equinox, were stolen late Sunday night from locations on South Kenney Street and South Tesch Street.
The trucks from the June 19th incident were all recovered in Bryan. Smalley added that a truck stolen from Bryan was recovered early last week in Bellville, so there is a “link between the two cities”. Police said a vehicle stolen in Hempstead was also recovered in Bryan this (Monday) morning. The vehicles stolen late Sunday in Bellville have not been recovered at this point.
In addition, Smalley said ten vehicles have been burglarized, six on the 19th and four more Sunday night. Police did not report forced entry into any of the vehicles, meaning no windows or door locks were broken.
Police say multiple suspects are involved, but the motive is unclear, as all of the stolen vehicles recovered from the June 19th incident were found abandoned and undamaged.
Police are asking for the public’s help to identify the suspects involved. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 979-865-3122, or Austin County Crime Stoppers at 979-865-2949. Anyone who provides information leading to arrest may be entitled to a reward of up to $1,000.
Authorities remind the public to lock their vehicles and homes, especially during the nighttime hours.