Burglary suspects charged for Galleria area crimes

April 12, 2012 3:24:22 PM PDT
There are new developments in an investigation into a burglary ring targeting affluent neighborhoods in the Galleria and Memorial areas. We've been telling you about the break-ins for months. Now authorities may have the break they've been looking for.

Houston police arrested 19-year-old Donnell Davis in connection with a string of burglaries they don't think he acted alone. And the would-be victims say the burglars had a distinctive way of finding out if anyone was home in the Galleria and Memorial area residences.

April 6 started out as a very ordinary day for Randy de la Garza at her Galleria-area home.

"I was in my bedroom, reading the newspaper and the doorbell rang," said de la Garza.

At first, she thought the man at the door might be her husband; so she opened it.

"He said, 'Does Cynthia Montgomery live here?' and I said, 'Uh, no,'" said de la Garza.

The man walked away and got into a white car. De la Garza took down the license plate number and called police.

About five and a half miles away in the Memorial area, another woman returned home to discover she had been burglarized. She did not want to be identified and was afraid to show her face on television.

"My back door, French door was broken," the victim told us.

Jewelry was stolen, including a Cartier watch. But even scarier was the fact that the woman's 16-year-old son was home at the time. He slept the entire time.

"The only thing I was afraid was my son, that he was sleeping, they could hurt him," she said.

A short time later, a Houston police officer spotted the men in the Galleria area in a white Chrysler 300, and followed them onto the Southwest Freeway. Another officer pulled them over after a small traffic violation and police say that's when officers found jewelry in the car, including a woman's Cartier watch.

Now homeowners in the Galleria and Memorial areas are waiting for police to make more arrests.

"We have a burglar alarm, ours is always armed in case you're out there," said de la Garza.

Police think the men could be behind several burglaries and expect to make more arrests. They believe the suspects have been casing homes and then breaking in, generally through a window.

Davis is now facing a burglary charge. He was already facing a charge of fraudulent use of ID from last month and has prior convictions for drugs and evading arrest.

As for the other two suspects, Anthony Lindsey, 29, is facing charges and Bobby Ray Powell, 29, is charged with burglary of a habitation.

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