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Four Pearsall teens caught on camera, face charges
A late-night stroll across town and an act of trespass followed by a burglary crime resulted last week in the arrest of four Pearsall teenagers on state jail felony charges.
Police are reporting this week that the owners of the abandoned radio station on Radio Lane called emergency dispatchers, saying video surveillance footage had alerted them to activity in the building.
According to a report on the case, officers arrived at the radio station on February 28 and were provided with footage from the cameras and a list of items that had been stolen.
Investigating officers were assisted by the Pearsall ISD Police Department and Frio County Sheriff’s Office were able to identify the four suspects. Jayden Rodriguez, 18; Uriel Delgado, 17; Aaron Elizondo, 18; and a 16-year-old juvenile were listed by the police department as persons of interest in the case, having been recorded by the radio station’s video cameras.
During an interview, Rodriguez allegedly confessed his involvement in the burglary after law enforcement officials identified him.
Elizondo alleged he and his friends were just looking around the property when one of the suspects was able to squeeze into a small opening to gain entry to the building.
Elizondo allegedly admitted to police that he had taken the mounted camera after his friends told him it was evidence.
All stolen property was returned to its rightful owner.
“It is unfortunate that these young adults made this life-changing choice,” Pearsall Police Chief Humberto Torralba said. “They will have to face the consequences, since the victim does want to file charges. Three of the four had stated, during the interview, that they were already committed to the military and would be shipping out this summer. Unfortunately, warrants will be issued for their arrest and I do not think they will be accepted with these felony charges pending. Think twice before you make poor decisions.”