Two men were arrested early Thursday after they were allegedly caught burglarizing a local restaurant.
According to a press release from the Kingsville Police Department, officers were notified of a suspicious vehicle near the railroad tracks in the 1100 block of S. Sixth St. Officers arrived on the scene shortly before 6 a.m. and found a Chevrolet Tahoe parked in high grass and covered with brush.
A man walking toward the officers who was carrying items and wearing latex gloves was taken into custody without incident.
Officers found the back door of the Gator’s Grub and Pub had been broken into, and several items were piled outside the door. Within minutes, officers identified a second person involved with the burglary, and he was also arrested.
The two men were identified as Ryan Jamison Vest, 35, and Devon Ruiz, 17. Both were charged with burglary of a building, which is a state jail felony. No bond had been set for either man as of Friday afternoon, according to online jail records.
“This is an example of how a concerned citizen familiar with the area called in something out of the ordinary. Citizens are our force multipliers in terms of capturing the criminal element at work. This partnership between citizens and law enforcement on this occasion led to the capture of individuals burglarizing a place of business,” Kingsville Police Chief Ricardo Torres said in a prepared statement. “We encourage our citizens to call the department and report issues which appear to be out of the ordinary. Their actions could lead to the arrest of other subjects involved in criminal activities.”
Anyone with information on other burglaries is asked to contact the Kingsville Crime Stoppers at (361) 592-INFO (4636) or online at www.tipsubmit.com. Callers may remain anonymous and could receive up to a $1,000 reward.