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“Don’t be surprised when our officers show up,” Chief Delgado says
Dilley Police Chief Homer Delgado has made it clear to local burglars that they may soon expect a knock on the door from local officers investigating recent thefts.
In a social media post late last week, the police chief demonstrated the success of a program in which his department maintains an open line of communication with pawn shops across the region to help identify stolen goods.
Investigators believe that one or more persons responsible for residential burglaries in Dilley have pawned a number of high-value items including tools and related accessories at three separate shops in San Antonio, the police chief said.
Those items, which Chief Delgado described as coming from “one of our hard-working residents” had been stolen in a burglary the week before and have been returned to their rightful owner.
The program through which the Dilley PD communicates with pawn shops was initiated last year by Anthony Zertuche, police chief at the time, who told city councilors that he believed the added resource would be of great value to crime investigators.
Persons pawning goods at stores that are logged into the police connection will be documented and may be traced, and investigators will also be able to determine what goods those persons have pawned in the past, and at which shops.
Chief Delgado said in a brief interview this week that he is confident his officers will soon make arrests related to the recent burglary and are pursuing investigations into other crimes, to determine whether they are related.
“If you think pawning items in San Antonio that you steal from Dilley will keep you safe from the police, guess again,” the police chief wrote last week, adding that his officers had recovered the tools and other valuables. “We brought them back to Dilley, where the owner was very happy to have them returned.
“Now, to the ‘couple’ who pawned the stolen items: Please don’t be surprised when one or two of our officers show up to speak with you about how you came to be in possession of stolen tools,” Chief Delgado wrote. “See you soon.”
Delgado said on Tuesday this week that the case remains part of an ongoing investigation.