A third juvenile involved in the burglaries of three businesses on Aug. 16 and Aug. 17 was arrested Thursday morning when he reported for community service.

According to police officials, the 12-year-old male was already on probation for the June burglary of seven Mineral Wells businesses, along with two 14-year-old males. All three youths were each charged with three counts of burglary of a building and one count of burglary of a habitation at that time.

The older juveniles were arrested earlier in the week for the August burglaries and each charged with three additional counts of burglary of a building.

Following his Thursday arrest on one charge of burglary of a building, the 12-year-old was taken to a detention hearing where he and the other two boys were then returned to the Denton County juvenile detention facility until they attend juvenile court.

Juvenile arrested

Another arrest was made in the Aug. 17 burglary of the Lawn Terrace Baptist Church, in the 2200 block of S.W. 7th Avenue, though one more arrest is still pending, officials said.

Entry to the church was reportedly gained by breaking a window. A dark red guitar valued at $800 was reported stolen. On Wednesday, a 15-year-old Mineral Wells male was arrested at 1:25 p.m. and charged with burglary of a building. A second 15-year-old male was arrested Thursday and charged with burglary of a building. Officials with the juvenile probation department reported that the duo were released to their parents.

Police officials reported that the guitar has been recovered and that if the person who returned the instrument continues to cooperate with authorities – including a sworn statement as to how he obtained the guitar – they don’t see that individual being charged with anything.

As of Friday, officials anticipated arresting a 17-year-old in connection to the burglary.

Growing like weed

Mineral Wells police responded at 9:27 p.m. Thursday to a home in the 300 block of N.W. 17th Street when a resident called about what she believed was a marijuana plant growing outside her fence.

Police officials confirmed that the green vegetation was in fact a single marijuana plant growing outside the perimeter fence. The plant, estimated to be 3 feet tall, was seized and officials said it will be destroyed. As the plant wasn’t on anyone’s property, no charges were filed.


• 400 block of Country Club Parkway – Three unlocked vehicles were reported burglarized Wednesday with loose change, approximately $60 in cash and a CD player valued at $100 reported stolen.

• 500 block of Taylor Street – An office was reported burglarized Thursday with entry gained when the burglar cut the lock on a sliding bay door. A computer valued at $5,800 was reported stolen.

• 2900 block of Michael Lane – A home was reported burglarized Wednesday evening when the unknown perpetrator broke a window to gain entrance. Officials reported that approximately $100 was reported stolen.


The Mineral Wells Police Department reported making the following arrests:

• Cecil Fenton Byrd, 61, of Mineral Wells, was arrested Thursday for public intoxication.

• Jennifer Marie Masias, 21, of Mineral Wells, was arrested Thursday on a Palo Pinto County Sheriff’s Department motion to revoke probation warrant.

• William Michael Ruiz, 23, of Mineral Wells, was arrested Friday on a Fannin County motion to revoke probation warrant.

• Guillermo Mario Sanchez, 30, of Mineral Wells, was arrested Thursday on a MWPD warrant for assault-family violence and a MWPD warrant for burglary of a building.

• James Arnold Williams Jr., 61, of Mineral Wells, was arrested Thursday for public intoxication.

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