RED OAK — Before many residents began the process taking down their Christmas decorations, Red Oak police arrested two men caught inside a vehicle in the Quail Run Subdivision. The burglary marked the 29th over the last 30 days in Red Oak — almost double the average reported over the previous two months.

According to a Red Oak PD press release, a resident in the 100 block of Timbershade phoned in a possible burglary of a vehicle in progress at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 26.

“The on-duty dispatcher advised officers that the reporting party had observed two unknown male subjects enter his vehicle and that it appeared they were still inside the vehicle,” the release states. “Officer [Johnny] Determan arrived on scene and observed two black male subjects inside the complainant’s vehicle with the doors shut. Shortly thereafter, the subjects were taken into custody without incident.”

James Pollard III and Jamal Berry, both of Dallas, were arrested and each charged with burglary of a vehicle, while Pollard also received a charge of possession of a controlled substance stemming from a Dallas County warrant.

The ROPD release states that the victim’s vehicle appeared to have been left unlocked and the officers on scene observed no physical damage. Officer then transferred Pollard and Berry to the Red Oak jail.

“When we investigate these offenses, we pull surveillance video from everywhere we can to identify suspects,” ROPD posted to its Facebook page Tuesday, Dec. 27. “We have viewed plenty of videos where these thieves travel from car to car just pulling doors. If your car is locked, they don’t hang around! We are urging our citizens to lock your car doors and not to leave valuable property in your vehicle.

“We firmly believe that these offenses can be greatly reduced if we work together with our community partnerships. In short, secure your property and call us if you see something that doesn't seem right.”

According to CrimeReports.com, which is an online database powered by Socrata and utilized by the ROPD to keep citizens informed of crime in the area, there have been 29 thefts from, or of, a vehicle in the city since Nov. 28. The number of burglaries is just two behind the 31 reported over the two months prior.

“Like every city, there is always an increase in vehicle burglaries this time of year,” ROPD’s Tuesday Facebook post states. “However, the majority of these offenses can be contributed to easy targets or a window of opportunity being presented to a thief. The Red Oak Police Department is urging its citizens to lock your car doors and not to leave valuable property in your vehicle. Many surrounding cities have observed a spike in vehicle burglaries and believe that much of this increase can be attributed to transient groups passing through our communities preying on our citizens.”

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Travis M. Smith, @Travis5mith

(469) 517-1470