Update: Three suspects sought in connection with Smith Co auto burglaries turn themselves in

UPDATE: SMITH CO (KYTX) - All three suspects wanted for a rash of auto burglaries in Southwest Smith County have have turned themselves in to the Smith County Sheriff's Office.

Smith County Sheriff's Office Detective Aaron Hinton said that 18-year-old Broderick Darrnell Willis of Flint, 19-year-old Payton Joseph Raymond of Flint and 19-year-old Austin Michael Drain of Tyler are now in custody.

The Smith County Sheriff's Office thanks everyone who called in information regarding these burglaries

Willis was also wanted on a $75,000 warrant for Theft of a Firearm; Raymond was being sought on a $100,000 warrant for Burglary of a Habitation; and Drain was wanted on a $75,000 warrant for Burglary of a Habitation.

Judge Carole Clark of the 321st District Court issued the warrants.

Over the past three weeks, the Smith County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division has responded to approximately 15 burglaries, many of them auto burglaries, in the Running Meadows Addition in Flint, and on FM 2493 and FM 2813.Most of the burglaries are occurring between 3 p.m. and the early morning hours of the following day.

"We encourage everyone to remove all valuables from their vehicles, take the valuables inside their home, and lock their vehicles when not in use," said Sheriff Larry Smith. "If a criminal cannot see anything of valuable in a vehicle, they are not likely to break into it."

The Sheriff's Office reports that most of the items taken include purses, jewelry, credit/debit cards, guns and cash.


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