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Smith Co. sheriff warns citizens to lock vehicles, hide valuables

Payton Joseph Raymond (Source: Smith County SO) Payton Joseph Raymond (Source: Smith County SO)
Broderick Darrnell Willis (Source: Smith County SO) Broderick Darrnell Willis (Source: Smith County SO)
Austin Michael Drain (Source: Smith County SO) Austin Michael Drain (Source: Smith County SO)
SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -

Just hours after the Smith County Sheriff's Office warned residents to take precautions after a string of burglaries, they released three suspects wanted in connection with the crimes.

On Thursday, the Smith County Sheriff's Office announced that three teens are wanted for their alleged involvement in burglaries in southwest Smith County. Deputies are searching for 18-year-old Broderick Darrnell Willis of Flint, 19-year-old Payton Joseph Raymond of Flint and 19-year-old Austin Michael Drain of Tyler.

Arrest warrants for all three teens have been issued. Willis is wanted for theft of a firearm. Both Raymond and Drain are wanted for burglary of a habitation.

Over the past three weeks, deputies said they have responded to around 15 burglaries, many of them auto burglaries, in the Running Meadows subdivision in Flint and in areas near Farm to Market 2493 and Farm to Market 2813.

A majority of the burglaries are occurring between 3 p.m. and during the early morning hours of the following day. Items taken include purses, jewelry, credit/debit cards, firearms and cash.

One victim, Stephanie Bullington, said she woke up to find that her car had been ransacked. “You feel violated because they have all of my information, all of my banking information, [and] all of my credit cards,” she said. Bullington left her purse inside her car the night before in the gated community where she lives. “I had a lot of stuff in there. So, they made away with some priceless things,” said Bullington.

The Smith County Sheriff’s Office is encouraging everyone to remove all valuables from their vehicles, take the valuables inside their home, and lock their vehicles when not in use.

If anyone has any information on the location of any of these men, please call Detective Aaron Hinton at 903-590-2698, the Smith County Sheriff's Office at 903-566-6600 or Crimestoppers at 903-597-CUFF.

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