3 Elgin teens linked to series of car burglaries

Brandon Montoya, left, and Ricky Whisenhunt (Elgin Police Department)
Brandon Montoya, left, and Ricky Whisenhunt (Elgin Police Department)

ELGIN, Texas (KXAN) — Elgin police say they’ve arrested three suspects in connection with a series of car burglaries over the weekend.

Authorities say around 9 a.m. Sunday, officers responded to a stolen vehicle as well as numerous car burglaries in the County Line and West Wind subdivision. Police say every vehicle that was burglarized was unlocked.

During the investigation, officers located the stolen vehicle and arrested Brandon Montoya, 17; Ricky Whisenhunt, 17, and a 14-year-old male. All the suspects are from Elgin. Police say two of the suspects were carrying handguns which were reported stolen out of two of the vehicles.

“We were really lucky to have apprehended them when we did, as the handguns stolen were on the suspects at the time of their arrest,” says Assistant Chief of Police Phillip Taylor.

With the permission of the juvenile’s parents, a search of his room led to the discovery of other stolen items that police say were taken from other vehicles.

The three suspects are facing felony counts of engaging in organized crime, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and burglary of a motor vehicle.

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