On June 26, 2017, just before 12:30 pm, Deputies with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a burglary in the 6700 block of Durango Drive, Magnolia, Texas. Upon their arrival, Deputies learned that the victim, a 75 year old female, was inside her residence when she heard someone knocking at her front door. The victim did not answer the door and, a short time later, heard a crash at the back door.
The victim went to investigate the noise and found that four white males had kicked in the door and entered her home. When the victim confronted the males they took off running.
Prior to this burglary, numerous residents from the subdivision began talking to each other about the suspicious activity of the four white males through the social media platforms Facebook and NextDoor.
Deputies assigned to those areas, and being actively involved in those communities’ social media forums, began quickly receiving information about the suspects including pictures and videos. This strong community relationship and rapid action enabled the Sheriff’s Office to place the media on the Montgomery
County Sheriff’s Office Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and NextDoor pages.
Once the video and pictures of the suspects were posted for all to see, the community began providing Sheriff’s Deputies with additional tips and surveillance videos. Due to public’s help through social media, and the dedicated work of the Deputies assigned to that area, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office was able to locate, interview and subsequently arrest all four suspects responsible for the burglary. Furthermore, during the investigation, Deputies were able to recover property from one of the suspects that was linked to a burglary of a motor vehicle in another neighborhood. The case is still actively being investigated an additional charges are possible.
Montgomery County Sheriff Rand Henderson would like to thank the citizens from the Durango Creek and Woodlands Oaks Subdivision as well as the Deputies who, through community policing, have gotten involved in the subdivisions. It was through this partnership and the use of social media that four more criminals are behind bars.