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Three suspects arrested, facing charges in string of burglaries

Lubbock police arrested three people suspected of burglarizing at least eight vehicles in Northwest Lubbock.

Chelsea Leigh Vaughn, 18, James Alan Houston, 19, and Justin James Stabler, 18, were arrested on charges of organized crime and fraudulent use or possession of identifying information after they were found in possession of numerous credit cards, check books and iPods early Tuesday morning, police said.

Sgt. Mark Watkins said investigators had not yet determined when all the vehicle burglaries had taken place, but at least one occurred Saturday. Authorities were still working Tuesday to contact all the victims.

Investigators did not yet know if the stolen credit cards and check books had been used. And officers were working Tuesday to determine if the suspects could be connected to other stolen property.

An officer pulled over the suspects shortly after 3:30 a.m. near 50th Street and Utica Avenue because the car matched the description of the car involved in a vehicle burglary earlier in the morning, Watkins said. The officer found the stolen items in the car after he got consent from the driver for a search.

Sheriff’s officials say group running scam

A group claiming to be raising money for Lubbock County Animal Services is running a scam, Lubbock County Sheriff’s officials said earlier this week.

A flyer distributed in at least one Wal-Mart parking lot over the weekend asked for donations to benefit the “furry little friends” of Lubbock County.

Sgt. Terry Stephens said authorities have identified the man behind the scam, but had yet to make an arrest. He said he hadn’t heard any reports of victims falling for the scam, but if any have, he encourages them to call the police.

Cigarette possible cause of Lubbock County fire

A cigarette may be to blame for a grass fire that burned about 12 acres Tuesday afternoon in west Lubbock County.

More than 20 firefighters with the West Carlisle and Shallowater volunteer fire departments battled the blaze for more than an hour. The fire also destroyed a small structure.

A witness told fire officials he saw someone in a red truck flick what appeared to be a cigarette from the window right before the fire started at about 3:30 p.m., but authorities could not confirm that.

Grand jury issues three indictments

A Lubbock County grand jury issued three indictments on people in the area on Tuesday:

Assault of a public servant: Scott D. Martinez, 27, 6103 37th St. No. B.

Possession of a controlled substance (less than 1 gram): Darius T. Cheeks, 25, 8601 CR 6430; Rachel A. Rudder, 19, 6152 37th St.

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