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Posted on: June 12, 2020

Facts About Burglary of a Habitation Calls in Shenandoah

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The City of Shenandoah Police Department would like to address the issue of home burglaries in the city and recent rumors on social media that are factually incorrect. 

Recently there was a Shenandoah Valley home burglarized. The unidentified suspect forced entry to both the home and the garage by kicking in doors located in the backyard of the residence.  Neither of the doors was visible from the street as the backyard is fenced and the gates were closed.  The home was not “ransacked” although a few items were moved as if being staged by the suspect to take upon exiting.  At this time, nothing has been reported as stolen.

According to the Texas Penal Code, burglary of a habitation is defined as:  A person commits an offense if, without the effective consent of the owner, the person:

  • (1)  Enters a habitation, with intent to commit a felony, theft, or an assault; or
  • (2)  Remains concealed, with intent to commit a felony, theft, or an assault, in a habitation; or
  • (3)  Enters a habitation and commits or attempts to commit a felony, theft, or an assault.

Since January 1, 2017 the Shenandoah Police Department has responded to eight reported burglary of a habitation calls.  Included in these calls are two attached garages, one apartment, four homes and one dwelling, which was located at the Sam Moon shopping center and has since been removed.  Of the homes that were burglarized, three were being lived in at the time of the burglary, but no one was home when the burglaries occurred.  The fourth home was being completely remodeled and no one was living in the home at the time of the burglary.

A further breakdown of the reports revealed that tools were stolen from the home being remodeled, appliances were stolen from the dwelling at Sam Moon, an X-Box was stolen during the apartment burglary, and an IPad was the only reported item stolen from the homes that were being lived in.  In the attached garage cases, tools, fishing poles, and other items commonly found in garages were reported stolen.  In two of the cases, including the most recent case, nothing was reported stolen.  Three of the eight cases have been cleared by arrest. 

Shenandoah Burglary of Habitation Calls 01-01-2017 through 06-12-2020

2020 – 1

2019 – 2

2018 – 4 (three of these cases were cleared by the arrest of two suspects)

2017 – 1 

We would like to remind everyone that if they ever see anything suspicious, to immediately call our non-emergency number at 281-367-8952

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