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Arrests in vehicle burglaries made

Ennis police arrested three men Tuesday morning for allegedly burglarizing motor vehicles in the 1500-1800 blocks of Jamestown Drive.
According to the police report, at 2:26 a.m. Officer Brad Sherrard was on routine patrol in the area of Jeter Drive and Country Club Drive. Sherrard reported observing a white 2001 Nissan Altima nearly come to a stop in the roadway after passing his patrol vehicle, at which time Sherrard began following the suspect vehicle.
While tailing the vehicle Sherrard was alerted to shots fired in the area where the vehicle he was following had come from. A description was given of the vehicle from where the shots came, which was described to be a white Honda or Nissan. Sherrard pulled the suspect vehicle to the side of the road and made contact with the three occupants.
The driver was identified as Luis Raymundo Rivera, 18. The front seat passenger was identified as Rafael Manuel Lemus, 18. The back seat passenger was identified as Jorge Alonzo Miranada, 18. All three suspects are from Corsicana.
While speaking with the suspects, Sherrard reported observing a gold metal pipe noted to be used for smoking marijuana with a burn residue in the driver’s side door handle. A search of the vehicle resulted in discovering a clear plastic baggie containing a green leafy substance, believed to be marijuana, in the front passenger door pocket. Police found several .22 caliber cartridges in the center console of the vehicle. At this time Sgt. Jason York and Officer Touncy Hart arrived. York found a shotgun in the trunk of the vehicle.
Miranada was questioned about the alleged shots fired call. According to police the suspect admitted to shooting a handgun in the area and then throwing it out of the car once Sherrard began following them. Lemus confirmed Miranada’s story and both men went with York and Hart to retrieve the weapon.
Captain Domingo Galban located the weapon – a .45 automatic pistol – along with a leather holster about 50 feet south of Yorkstown Drive at Jeter Drive.
Police say the suspects admitted taking the pistol from a vehicle in a neighborhood near where they shot the weapon. Miranada took York to the location and three motor vehicle burglaries were discovered at 1509, 1801 and 1807 Jamestown Drive.
Police say Rivera gave an inventory of the items stolen that included the bag of marijuana, the pipe, the handgun, the shotgun with shells, a circular saw, a black flashlight, a coin purse, a cordless drill, a chisel and a metal shank. Police collected the stolen items as evidence.
The three men were transported to Ennis police department without further incident.
Miranada and Rivera were both charged with three counts of burglary of a motor vehicle. Lemus was charged with three counts of burglary of a motor vehicle and possession of marijuana less than two ounces.

Matt Cook is a staff writer and the web editor for the Ennis Daily News. He can be reached at matt@ennisdailynews.com.

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