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Social media explodes with tips during burglary investigation


Deputies are patrolling the streets of China Spring looking for burglars who broke into several homes.

The McLennan County Sheriff's Office says four homes were broken into and burglarized Wednesday night. Investigators say the break-ins are similar but it's unclear if they're done by the same people.

One home was on Patrick Rd near the Patrick cemetery in China Spring. A woman driving by the home Friday says a deputy had just talked with her warning her to watch out for a moving truck that could be involved with the break-ins. The deputy is one of several who are patrolling the area looking out for anything suspicious.

The moving truck though, is a continuation of what happened Thursday. Multiple people called into the Sheriff's Office and messaged them on Facebook about a suspicious moving truck in town.

"It kind of exploded and everyone who was looking at Facebook all of a sudden became out posse members for the Sheriff's Department. And every time they saw something suspicious or a suspicious vehicle they were letting us know and we were checking out those leads," Chief deputy Matt Cawthon said.

The Sheriff's Office ended up stopping two moving trucks. One turned out to be rented to a baker and another to a delivery service. Investigators did say though, they appreciate the help from the public.

As of Friday afternoon there have been no arrests. One woman says she does feel safer knowing deputies are patrolling the town.

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