More details have been released about the burglary arrests of a Mt. Pleasant couple we reported on the news yesterday. Lee Gonzalez and Santa Guadalupe “Lupe” Lozada, both 34 are accused of breaking into the Iglesia Manantial Decristo Church in the Farmer’s Academy community and stealing a large amount of sound equipment. Titus County Sheriff’s Investigators Chris Bragg and Craig Brown traced the stolen equipment to businesses in Tyler, and further investigation led to the arrest of Gonzalez and Lozada.
From Titus County Sheriff’s Office
TITUS COUNTY INVESTIGATORS RECOVER STOLEN PROPERTY
During the weekend of January 23rd thru 24th, 2021, burglars targeted the IGLESIA,MANANTIAL DECRISTO, a small church in the Farmers Academy Community. After forcing entry, thieves stole a significant amount of sound reinforcement equipment, including power amps, speakers, and a large assortment of musical accessories. Upon discovering the burglary, Titus County Sheriff’s Office was summoned to the location and an intense investigation into the burglary was conducted.
Criminal Investigation Division Lt. Chris Bragg and Sgt. Investigator Craig Brown diligently worked the case until they were able to not only pick up the burglar’s trail to where they had sold most of the stolen sound equipment to several businesses in Tyler, TX. Lt. Bragg and Inv. Brown with cooperation with those businesses, were able to identify two of the suspects in the burglary.
Investigators believed there to be probable cause that 34 year old Lee Gonzales and 34 year old Santa Guadalupe “Lupe” Lozada, had sold the stolen items and were responsible along with others for the burglary of the church. Both Gonzalez and Lozada were arrested on Friday January 29th and were transported to the Titus County Jail.
Due to being under indictment for other pending felonies at the time of this burglary, both Gonzalez and Lozada are both being held without bond at this time.
Yesterday, Lt. Chris Bragg and Sgt. Craig Brown recovered the approximate $7,000 worth of equipment and returned the property to the church.
Sherriff Ingram said he appreciates the outstanding leadership of Lt. Chris Bragg, who heads Ingram’s Criminal Investigation Division. Ingram also appreciates Lt. Bragg and Sgt. Brown’s hard work in solving this case and holding those responsible for the burglary accountable.