An citizen with a watchful eye is being credited with allerting Altus Police Department early Sunday morning of a crime. According to Altus Police Chief Tim Murphy, police have arrested one adult male and one juvenile male on complaints of Burglary to an Auto.
At approximately 2:27 a.m. Sunday morning, Altus police responded to the area of Candace Lane for a report of a suspicious vehicle driving around with the headlights off. According to Chief Murphy, “After arriving, police made contact with a vehicle on Wendy Lane that was parked in the roadway.”
Murphy said the vehicle was occupied by a 17-year-old male juvenile. Police detected an odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Upon further investigation, Murphy said, “…police discovered drug paraphernalia along with several men’s billfolds, clothing items and electronic equipment, firearms and knives.”
During the course of this investigation, a male subject approached police and admitted that he and the male juvenile were burglarizing vehicles. “Both were transported to the Altus police department for questioning and later charged with Auto Burglary,” Murphy said.
Arrested on complaints of Burglary to an Auto were the 17-year-old male juvenile, who was later released to his parents, and 18-year-old Diego Quirino, who was jailed at the Jackson County Jail.
Chief Murphy also said, “I would like to commend the citizen that called in on this suspicious vehicle. The arrest of these two suspects has cleared up many of the auto burglaries that the Altus Police Department has been investigating over the past several weeks.”