Couple faces local burglary charges

From Press & Staff Reports


The recovery of stolen items in Calhoun County has helped solve one burglary in Webster County and could solve others.

The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department informed the Webster County Sheriff’s Department on Oct. 5 that it had discovered a large amount of stolen property and wanted to know if any of it could belong to any Webster County citizens.

Webster County Sheriff Tim Mitchell then began putting together a stolen property list from all burglaries in recent years. So far one local burglary has been solved and some of the property has been returned to the victim, according to a release from the WCSD.

Because of the large amount of property recovered it could take weeks sorting through the evidence, he said.

Mitchell stated that he remains hopeful that the department could possibly solve more burglaries once the evidence has been processed.

The two suspects in the case are Vincent and Jennifer Kellum Sanchez of Vardaman, ages 34 and 27, respectfully. They are being held in Calhoun County Jail for a large number of burglaries in Calhoun County. The affidavits for the Webster County charges were to be filed this week on both subjects.

Both Sanchezes were arraigned Oct. 7 with his bond set at $200,000 and hers at $100,000.

The recovery of two truck and trailer loads of merchandise over that weekend also led to the arrest of Rosendo Gonzales, 72. He is charged in Calhoun County only with seven counts of receiving stolen property, according to an Oct. 10 article in The Calhoun County Journal.

The break in the investigation of a rash of burglaries in Calhoun and surrounding counties came Oct. 4 when Calhoun County deputies accompanied state Department of Human Services officials to a home on County Road 424 in that county because of a complaint on a separate matter, according to the Journal

“While they were at the house, the deputies spotted several items they were confident were among … stolen items we’ve been looking for,” Calhoun County Sheriff Greg Pollan told the newspaper.

The Sanchezes and Gonzales were arrested that night and the next morning, and numerous stolen items recovered. Upon interviewing them, authorities were led to a trailer on Nabors Circle in Vardaman, where Gonzales was taken into custody.

Pollan, according to the Journal article, said the CCSD has been matching serial numbers with lists it has from nine house burglaries around Calhoun County since mid-July.

“So far we’ve connected seven of the nine burglaries to merchandize here and feel confident the other two will be included also,” Pollan said.

The merchandise includes lawn mowers, chainsaws, weed trimmers, tools, televisions, stereos and more, according to the article.

Agencies assisting the Calhoun Sheriff’s Department in the arrests and recovery of stolen goods, in addition to the WCSD, included the Vardaman Police Department and the Chickasaw County sheriff’s office.

Mitchell stated that he is happy that one of the burglary victims in Webster County has had some closure on the crime committed on his property. Mitchell also said the WCSD will continue to work diligently piecing together evidence on the rest of the cases. He thanked Pollan for his cooperation and help to bring these criminals to justice.