Waxahachie Police Detectives arrested Waxahachie resident Juan G. Ochoa, 24, on outstanding warrants for burglary of a habitation and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle on Tuesday.
“Officer William Kimsey took a report on Jan. 22 from a resident in the 200 block of Monticello who reported someone had entered into his garage and removed a motorcycle while no one was home,” Waxahachie Police Lt. Todd Woodruff said. “Kimsey reports that the resident said the garage door had been left closed, but was not locked.”
Woodruff said on Jan. 24 the resident called police after he saw someone riding a similar motorcycle, which turned out to be his, across the viaduct on Elm Street. The man followed the motorcyclist, who tried to flee and wrecked the motorcycle near Getzendaner Park. The suspect then ran into the woods toward the cemetery.
“Waxahachie officers, assisted by a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter, searched the area but were not able to find the suspect. The motorcycle was identified as the one that had been stolen,” Woodruff said. “The resident called police again after he went to the salvage yard to get the wrecked motorcycle. He showed police a wallet containing a driver's license issued to Ochoa. He told the officer the man pictured on the driver's license was the same man he saw riding the motorcycle on Jan. 24.”
Ochoa was arrested Tuesday at he was called to the police department for questioning about the case.
He was booked into the Wayne McCollum Detention Center at 8:08 p.m. Ochoa is being held on bonds totaling $30,000.