Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX


May 3, 2014

Suspect records offense on phone

JACKSONVILLE — Jacksonville police officials made an arrest this past week in a unique burglary case – one in which the suspect took video of his offense.

Jose Alvarado, 18, of Jacksonville was charged with two counts of burglary of a habitation and a possession of a controlled substance after he was connected to offenses on Kelly and Dallas streets.

Detective Greg Compton said that at 10 p.m., April 25, officers were dispatched to the 800 block of Kelly Street to a suspicious person call. A witness saw someone get out of a vehicle and walk behind a residence, and the driver drove away.

Officers located Alvarado, 18, of Jacksonville behind the residence, then also found Dariante Cullins, 19, of Jacksonville walking on Kelly Street.

Upon further investigation, Cullins was linked to Alvarado and was discovered to be the driver of the vehicle. Both were arrested and charged with felony burglary of a habitation. Cullins was also charged with resisting arrest.

Afterwards, detectives were able to link Alvarado with another burglary earlier Friday, that occurred about 7:30 a.m., in the 700 block of Dallas Street.

“Cullins had dropped Alvarado off and drove and then parked at J&J Convenience Store. Inside the vehicle, we located items the suspects had stolen and two cell phones,” Compton said.

On Tuesday, April 29, Compton issued a search warrant for the cell phones. Once obtained, several “videos of interest” were found on one of the phones. One of the videos linked Alvarado to the burglary on Dallas Street, Compton said.

“It's very, very dark and poorly lit, but you can make out some of the furniture in the residence. I was able to positively identify the furniture in the video to the furniture at the Dallas Street residence,” Compton said.

On Friday, May 2, a warrant was issued for Alvarado in connection with the Dallas Street burglary.

“We believe he was using the video camera (on the cell phone) to activate the light or use as a flashlight to commit the burglary on Dallas Street,” Compton said Friday.

“He apparently did not have the application for a flashlight, so he activated the video camera for light. Either he was not sharp enough to erase it, or he did not realize it had recorded.”

Compton said it was the first time in his 15 years as a police officer to see a burglary recorded by the suspect.

“This has been the most inept burglary case I've every dealt with,” he said.

In a separate case, a third burglary occurred about 3:30 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at HotSpot Convenience Store, 521 N. Jackson. Two men were witnessed at the back of the store. When officers arrived, they found David Wesley Paris, 50, of Frankston. The second suspect eluded officers.

Evidence at the scene linked Paris to the burglary, Compton said. He was charged with a state-jail felony burglary of a building.

Compton said nothing was taken from the store, due to the quick action of officers.

However, a “fairly large hole” was made in the back of the store. The cost of damages were unknown.


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