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April 30, 2014

Burglars strip local agency of electronics

Thieves remove computers, phones and other devices from MHMR building


Police are investigating a break-in at Pecan Valley Mental Health Mental Retardation clinic on Gargas Street that left the facility bare of electronic equipment.

Police believe the suspect or suspects broke in through a back window sometime between 3 p.m. Sunday and 8:30 a.m. Monday and took computers, telephones and other electronic devices and left through the back security door, a police spokesman said.

The value of the equipment has yet to be determined, said Janice Byrd, clinic manager at the 26th Avenue clinic, but appears to be all of the electronic equipment. Only equipment was taken, and other than the broken window latch, nothing else in the clinic appeared to be damaged.

No one witnessed the break-in, she said. A clinic employee came in to lead a support group Monday morning and found the clinic had been burglarized and called Byrd, who contacted police.

The clinic had no security cameras at the time of the break-in, she said, only security lights. They are now looking into better security measures.

“We’ve been there for years without a break-in,” she said. “We’re busy beefing up security.”

She asked that if anyone had any information about the break-in to call police.

Arrest me, please

Last week police also received a hand in a public intoxication investigation – from the intoxicated person, a police spokesman said.

Police responded to a call about an allegedly intoxicated man at a convenience store in the 1500 block of W. U.S. Highway 180, he said.

When police arrived at the store, the investigating officer discovered a man identified as Ronnie O. Montgomery, 43, who was intoxicated, he said. The officer told Montgomery that he could get a sober friend to drive him home.

Instead, the Montgomery turned around, placed his hands behind his back, and asked the officer to arrest him for public intoxication.

The officer complied.

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