By CLINT FOSTER
The Mineral Wells Police Department made multiple arrests for various offenses over the past week.
The first incident stemmed from a burglary investigation over a period of three days. Police said a residence in the 2400 block of SE 9th Avenue was burglarized with various items stolen sometime between Sunday, March 9, at 2:30 p.m., and Monday, March 10, at 6:30 p.m.
The investigation came to a head early Tuesday morning, March 11, when officer Nick Wells spotted a Chevrolet Cobalt sedan he believed was connected with the burglary at around 2:30 a.m. in the 1500 block of US Highway 180. Wells initiated a traffic stop when the driver of the Chevy failed to signal a turn.
Although the driver did not attempt to run, police said he did not yield right away, as the vehicle continued for a short distance and someone threw a bag out of the car window.
Once the vehicle had finally come to a stop, Wells approached the car and reported finding drug paraphernalia and evidence linking those in the car to the burglary. Upon searching the vehicle, Wells found all of the stolen property, including a flat screen television, XBOX games, a University of Texas bag and prescription drugs Promethazine, Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen and Divalproex.
Wells arrested 22-year-old JC Clark and 20-year-old Cassandra Kirkpatrick for burglary of a habitation. A third individual in the car, 22-year-old Melina Hires Hines, who had an outstanding municipal warrant, was also taken into custody.
The next day, on Wednesday, March 12, police said they came across something that has become fairly rare over the past decade, but resulted in an arrest nonetheless.
Just before 6:30 p.m., MWPD responded to the 400 block of Beetham Road, behind Walmart, where it was reported a suspicious person was hanging out in the alleyway. When they arrived at the scene, police said they found Trevor R. Graves, 17, hunched over and rocking back and forth.