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Three arrested for string of area burglaries

Christopher Cornett (L) Curtis Fields (M) Stephanie Martin (R) Christopher Cornett (L) Curtis Fields (M) Stephanie Martin (R)

Three people are behind bars after a mini crime spree in Waco that lasted from Sunday until Tuesday morning.  

Christopher Cornett, Curtis Fields and Stephanie Martin have all been charged with engaging in organized criminal activity and burglary of a building. Cornett and Martin have also been charged with possession of meth.

Police say they stole from several parked cars, even a business, but unlike many burglaries, this story has a happy ending.

One item taken, and later returned by police, was a Chevy Suburban being serviced at Texas Star Tire & Auto Repair. 

The shop's owner, Devlin Cole, says the owner of the SUV is thrilled, "Oh he was elated.  He showed up here about an hour later to look at it and he was so surprised.  His exact words were, I guess it's built like a tank."

Police say they have a good samaritan to thank.  A local man called them when he saw one of the suspects pushing a shopping cart full of car stereos, power tools and more.

Waco Police Sergeant Patrick Swanton says, "It's just such a violation to folks that someone has come and stolen their stuff.  People don't like thieves, but again, because of a phone call this morning by a citizen, we've got three thieves in jail where they belong."

While Waco PD credit the good samaritan, the people who got their belongings back are thanking police too.

Cole says, "Waco PD did a fantastic job.  They don't get the praise they deserve a lot of times. They have to be the bad guy because they have to say they couldn't find them or whatever, but this time they got it done and they got it done right."

Most of the stolen goods were returned to their rightful owners but police still have some unclaimed items - specifically large truck radiators. Anyone who thinks they may be a victim should call Waco PD at (254) 750-7500.


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