Investigators make arrests for burglary in storage unit

Police were on patrol on Wednesday May 5 when they saw a wanted man at a business on the 200 block of North Johnson Street.

Officers arrested Jesus Cardenas IV in an October 2020 warehouse heist, Sgt. Said Orlando Jasso.

Cardenas, as well as Heriberto Contreras III, have been positively identified as suspects in this case. Contreras is wanted by the police and there is an arrest warrant against him.

Police were called to the storage unit located in the 300 block of the South Stadium by the owners, who discovered that 15 units had been damaged and that the suspects had stolen items such as sports equipment, televisions, a gun and more, Jasso said.

With the cooperation of the owners, investigators were able to access the surveillance video of the crime.

Several stolen items were found.

“We want to remind the community that buying, receiving or transporting stolen goods is a crime. They can and will be arrested if they are found facilitating a crime,” Sgt. Said Jasso. “We ask anyone who notices suspicious behavior or criminal activity to report it to law enforcement. All reports will be investigated.”

Cardenas was arrested on three counts of burglary of a building and theft of a firearm.

It is an ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Contreras is urged to call the police at 361-664-0186 or to remain anonymous can call 361-664-STOP (7867).

South Texas Crime Stoppers

When the police contacted Cardenas, they also contacted Faustina Hinojosa. While speaking with Hinojosa, police noticed that she was showing signs of nervousness, the corporal said. Herman Arrellano.

During roadside interviews with Cardenas and Hinojosa, police allege Hinojosa was found with 3.7 grams of cocaine, 1.6 grams of methamphetamine and 0.7 grams of synthetic marijuana.

Hinojosa was arrested on suspicion of three counts of possession of a controlled substance. Cardenas and Hinojosa were incarcerated in the Jim Wells County Jail.

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