It was clever investigative work that led police to the suspected back-door burglars: 32-year old Lawrence Donnell Madlock and 37-year old Penny Renee Green.
There have been more than 30 smash and grab's since May of last year, and now police say they have tied this couple to at least six of them. Both Green and Madlock were charged with two counts of residential burglary.
But this was not the first time police heard of Lawrence Madlock. Detectives were already suspicious of him considering he's been arrested for residential burglary in the past. But, it was clues that his wife, Penny Green, left behind that would help police crack this case.
Police first noticed the couple lived only a block away from a cell phone tower, where two calls were made from a cell phone that was stolen from a South Tyler home this month. Police then compared Penny Green's driver's license picture to a woman who was captured on surveillance video at a Lowe's store in December. The woman on the store's surveillance tape had used a stolen credit card to purchase Christmas decorations. That card was taken from a burglary on Chad Street.
Police then obtained a sample of Green's signature after she gave them a statement on an unrelated case. That signature would be the key investigators needed.
"She wrote out a statement and with that statement we were able to show her handwriting to three recognized handwriting experts,"said Sgt. Morrow with Tyler Police Department. "And they positively identified her as the person who forged three checks stolen
But as police comb through piles of evidence trying to collect the couple to other crimes, authorities say the case is not closed.
"There's probably at least one other person out there that was involved in these burglaries," said Morrow. "We feel like there's probably a white m
So far, purses, jewelry, video cameras and other electronics have been recovered from the suspects's home.