Serial Burglar Confesses

Anthony De La Cruz confessed to stealing items from several residences in Rio Grande City after he was arrested twice by the Rio Grande City Police Department.


El Tejano first published images captured by surveillance cameras of a homeowner earlier this summer requesting the help of the community to identify the young man.  The young man who was a juvenile at the time, turned himself to the Rio Grande City Police Department.  At the time however, he denied any wrong doing or malicious intent.  He also offered to repair the cameras that he had damaged.  Family members insisted that his images be removed since the property owner had agreed to not to press charges.


On Monday of this week he was arrested in the case that the police department felt was the strongest.  Within two hours the man was released on bond.  Magistrate information obtained through the Starr County Jail states he posted bond.  However, as investigators located more stolen items, they were able to arrest him once again.  In total he was set at $5,000 for each of the two counts of theft and $50,000 for the charge of burglary by Rio Grande City Municipal Judge Basilio “Bacho” Villarreal.


Investigators have tied the man to at least six burglaries through his own confession.  They have located some of the stolen property and are asking that anyone who’s property was stolen come by the Rio Grande City Police Department to see if their items were found.  It is possible that more items will be found since the case under investigation.


The burglaries happened between May and late June in the surrounding neighbor of Roque Guerra Elementary.


For the department it has been rewards to be able to return purses, makeup, sunglasses and more to the victims.

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