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Teens suspected in Smith Co. burglaries turn themselves in

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Austin Michael Drain (Source: Smith County SO) Austin Michael Drain (Source: Smith County SO)
Broderick Darrnell Willis (Source: Smith County SO) Broderick Darrnell Willis (Source: Smith County SO)
Payton Joseph Raymond (Source: Smith County SO) Payton Joseph Raymond (Source: Smith County SO)
SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Three teenagers suspected in multiple Smith County burglaries turned themselves in to authorities.

The Smith County Sheriff's Office said 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 are now in custody.

Raymond and Drain turned themselves in Thursday and were both booked on charges of burglary of a habitation. Willis turned himself into authorities on Monday.

On Thursday, deputies announced they were searching for the three teens in connection to auto burglaries that occurred over the past three weeks in southwest Smith County.

Willis was wanted for theft of a firearm. Raymond and Drain were both wanted for burglary of a habitation.

Over the past three weeks, deputies said they 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 occurred 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.

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