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17-year-old in jail for car burglaries, unlawful possession of guns

BELL COUNTY - Authorities have arrested a 17-year-old accused of burglarizing several vehicles and unlawfully carrying a handgun, after police found him walking along a Bell County road with a handgun and stolen property in his backpack.

Bell County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of gunshots on FM 493 near Jamie Drive, West of Belton in Bell County. Witnesses reported the gunfire and said they observed a male wearing a dark-colored hoodie walking along the road carrying what looked like two handguns.

The deputy who arrived first saw a male walking along FM 439 near Mountain Ridge Road, wearing a dark hoodie. As the officer approached him, he noticed a handgun in the side pocket of the suspect's backpack. During an interview with the suspect, identified as 17-year-old Austin Wagner, he said he did not have a concealed handgun license.

Deputies conducted an inventory of the backpack. Inside, they found prescription medication belonging to Wayne Voytko and a checkbook belonging to Terry Valentino. The officers contacted Voytko who said he was missing medication, sunglasses, a flashlight and money that were in two unlocked vehicles that were parked in his driveway.

The police contacted Valentino and his wife, Lucia. She said she was missing Oakley sunglasses and their checkbook. They also left their vehicle unlocked that night.

Deputies also talked to Joshua Herron who reported a handgun missing from his truck. There was no sign of forced entry, and the police identified the gun as one of the weapons Wagner was carrying.

Wagner was arrested and placed in the Bell County Jail on three counts of burglary of a vehicle and unlawful carrying of a weapon. The investigation is ongoing.
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