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More charges pending for Abilene burglary suspect

By Jason Goodwin, News Director, jgoodwin@ktxs.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 02:39:08 AM CST
Updated On: Aug 20 2013 12:16:02 PM CDT
Devon Carmack
ABILENE, Texas -

An Abilene burglary suspect will soon face more charges.

Police arrested 18-year-old Damon Carmack on Aug. 1. A police spokesman said Carmack’s arrest came weeks after a string of business burglaries began along North 1st street.

In each burglary a large rock was used to break inside.

Police gathered surveillance video. Carmack was detained and questioned after he was spotted in that same area on the morning of Aug. 1. He was later arrested.

Abilene Police Department spokesman George Spindler said Carmack wasn’t caught committing any criminal act when he was spotted on the morning of Aug. 1.

However, Spindler said surveillance video aided officers who were investigating the case. However, Spindler declined to elaborate on the leads that led to Carmack's arrest.

Most of the stolen property is still missing.

The remaining criminal cases are being forwarded to the Taylor County District Attorney's office. The investigation is ongoing.

Below is the full press release from the Abilene Police Department:

YOUNG BURGLARY SUSPECT ARRESTED - MORE CHARGES PENDING

ABILENE, TX - Earlier this month Damon J. Carmack (DOB: 10/22/94) was arrested for the offense of state jail felony Burglary of Building. The arrest on August 1, 2013, was the result of an investigation involving multiple burglaries at businesses:

In early July 2013, one of several burglaries reported to the Abilene Police Department (APD) spurred an investigation into what appeared to be a targeted series of events on or near North 1st Street. One of those incidents included a July 7th incident at a business in the 3100 block of North 1st Street. APD Patrol Division officers responded to a burglary call and learned that a large window had been shattered at the business. It was unclear if anything was initially stolen because the incident was reported by a neighboring business. The victim at this crime scene would later report that money orders valued at about $561 had been stolen. Another incident on July 8th occurred at a business in the 3300 block of North 1st Street in the early morning hours. Forced entry was made and five laptop computers valued at about $1,000 were stolen. Detective Chris Adams with the Crimes Against Property Unit of the Criminal Investigation Division observed a common thread in some of these incidents-the suspect(s) had used a heavy blunt item, including a rock, to gain access to the premises. On July 20th, again, a similar incident occurred at a business in the 2900 block of North 1st Street. In this incident a burglar forced entry by breaking a window and gaining access. One merchandise item was reportedly stolen.   

On July 29th at about 4:15 a.m., Patrol Division officers responded to an alarm activation at a business in the 2700 block of North 1st Street. Officers were unable to locate any suspects and the investigation revealed that again, a large rock was used in an attempt to forcibly enter the business. In this incident, entry was not made and no theft occurred. However, approximately $100 in damage to a window was reported.

Coupled with video surveillance footage gathered from some of the businesses, APD detectives followed up on a lead in the case and began searching for a suspect in the general areas where the burglaries had been committed or attempted. On August 1st, Carmack was located in the general proximity to where some of the burglaries occurred. He was detained and taken to the Law Enforcement Center for questioning. The investigation revealed that Carmack was directly involved in all four incidents described above. Carmack was arrested on one count of felony Burglary of a Building and booked at the Taylor County Jail with a bond of $10,000.

The majority of the stolen property in these cases is still outstanding, but one item has been recovered. The remaining criminal cases will be forwarded to the District Attorney's office for their consideration of charges. This is an ongoing investigation and more information may be released as the investigation allows.