The Amarillo Pioneer

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Three Arrested in Auto Burglaries, Suspect Sought

"On January 21st at 5:29 AM, an APD officer was patrolling the parking lot of the Comfort Inn & Suites at 2300 south Soncy.  The officer observed several vehicles that had open doors and trunks and appeared to have been burglarized.

The officer observed two males walking away from cars with open doors and going towards a red Buick LeSabre. Ezellio Luis Blanco Hispanic male 17, and Jawone O’Neal Lee Riles black male 18, were detained by the officer. Isaac Hernandez Hispanic male 17, was seated in the red Buick and he was also detained. The officer saw another male wearing dark clothing crouching behind cars in the parking lot. This male ran from the scene and was not located.

Officers found several items in the red Buick that had been taken in separate auto burglaries. The burglaries were tracked down to vehicles in several parking lots in the area of 2300 S. Coulter and a vehicle in the 6200 block of Leigh Street.

Blanco, Riles, and Hernandez were linked to these burglaries and arrested. They were booked into the Potter County Detention Center for the charge of Organized Criminal Activity.

Anyone with information on the identity of the fourth suspect is asked to call the Amarillo Police Department or Amarillo Crime Stoppers at 374-4400. Tips can also be made anonymously online at

The Amarillo Police Department Crime Prevention Unit would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to lock their car doors and not leave anything of value in your vehicle. These incidents don’t just happen in certain parking lots or areas of town. They are likely to happen anywhere that vehicles are parked outside."

-Amarillo Police Dept.

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