Denton County sheriff’s investigators arrested two Denton residents they say they believe are responsible for at least 16 home burglaries in the last few months.
The first group of burglaries, occurring mostly around U.S. Highway 380 east of Denton and in the Aubrey area, were reported Aug. 30. The last group of burglaries was committed Nov. 27, Sgt. Larry Kish said.
Andrea Mae Yarbrough, 38, and Jeremy Lyndon Barton, 36, are in the Denton County Jail after being arrested in connection with the burglaries.
Yarbrough’s bond is $100,000 on two burglary charges; Barton’s bond is $102,000 on two burglary charges and a marijuana charge.
Both will be charged with additional burglaries within the next week or so, lead Investigator Marco DeLeon said.
“Marco did an excellent job overseeing these cases and connecting all the thefts together; it took a lot of work and dedication on his part,” Kish said.
Kish said at least 450 pieces of stolen property, mainly jewelry and electronics, were recovered when a search warrant was served Dec. 3 at the suspects’ residence. Another 200 to 300 pieces have been located at pawn shops across the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Kish said.
“During the course of the investigation, we learned the female suspect would knock on the front door repeatedly and if someone answered, she would tell them she was looking for her aunt with dementia who lived in the area,” Kish said. “If no one answered, the male and female would take turns on breaking into the various residences.”
Maria Jones, one of the burglary victims, said she is extremely grateful of how diligently and thorough investigators were.
“I can’t say enough at how wonderful we were treated throughout the case,” said Jones, who lost an estimated $10,000 worth of items — mainly jewelry — when her home was burglarized in broad daylight last November.
“While we were at work, someone threw a brick through a glass window and came through one of our bedrooms,” she said.
Jones said she is amazed that $1,000 worth of her items has been returned.
“It’s just a blessing; you rarely hear about property being returned after it’s stolen,” she said. “I am very lucky, and [I] thank everyone at the sheriff’s office with all my heart.”
The total value of the recovered property from all the thefts is believed to be about $25,000 and another $30,000 to $40,000 has been located at pawn shops, Kish said.
“We are working to get those items returned to the rightful owners,” he said.
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