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Ganado police call for reinforcements (video)

By By DIANNA WRAY - DWRAY@VICAD.COM
March 6, 2012 at 7:05 a.m.
Updated March 6, 2012 at 9:07 p.m.

A helicopter helps in the search for suspects in a burglary. behind Rice Belt Warehouse in Ganado at 6:45 a.m., Tuesday.

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If you have any information on this incident, call Ganado City Hall at 361-771-2800

GANADO - The Ganado Police Department pulled out all the stops in the hunt for four people spotted breaking into the local Shell Gas Station early Tuesday morning.

At 2:45 a.m., four people, dressed in black with black sweatshirts, were spotted leaving the Shell Gas Station, 303 S. Third St.

"We actually caught them when the glass was still falling," Ganado Police Chief Rodney Roberson said.

The gas station is a pay-at-the-pump operation, and the storefront was empty, except for some electronics. Nothing was taken from the store.

The police called in reinforcements and set up a perimeter to pursue the suspects. The Victoria Police Department K-9 Unit, the Edna Police Department, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office and the Department of Public Safety sent out a helicopter to assist in the search for the suspects.

The search was called off later that morning when it became clear that the suspects had evaded authorities.

Roberson said authorities think the suspects had a getaway vehicle nearby, but there is no description of what kind of vehicle it was.

Roberson said some of neighboring businesses had surveillance footage of the area and authorities are reviewing the footage to see if they can get stronger leads on the suspects.

Ganado Mayor Clinton Tegeler said authorities responded to the incident with such force because experience has taught them that burglars strike multiple times, hitting surrounding communities along with Ganado.

"They had them in sight and they thought they could apprehend them. It was just utilizing available resources to try to do that," Tegeler said.

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