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La Feria Officers Arrest Three in Texas Trader Burglary

Three area men were arrested last week by La Feria police officers and have been charged with 11 counts of burglary in association with the June 3 break-in reported at Texas Trader RV Sales located at 600 West Expressway 83 in La Feria, according to LFPD Chief Donato Garcia.
Erick Valdez (19), Dakota Ruiz (19) and Arturo Banda have been remanded to the Cameron County Jail awaiting their court date. Police are still searching for the suspect’s accomplices.

According to Investigating Officer Eliza Mendez, the entry to the building was made from the east side garage door which had been opened with a pressure jack. Employees reported eleven motor homes had been broken into and damaged. Items missing from the sales office and the motor homes included: a hand gun (which has been recovered), knives, computers, televisions and a safe that was dumped near the business after the suspects decided it was too heavy. Officers have already recovered most of the stolen property, some found near the business and some around town.

“These suspects caused lots of destruction and we suspect it was an inside job. We have turned the case over to the Cameron County District Attorney,” added the chief.

In the incident report conducted by Officer Eliza Mendez she states that a Texas Trader employee had spoken to his brother in reference to the burglary. The brother stated he bought a knife from Erick Valdez recently and Texas Trader owner Mark Mullin identified the knife as one from the burglary.

The employee also advised the officer that his brother stated that Erick Valdez and Dakota Ruiz went by their residence and attempted to leave the stolen items at his residence and overheard the men say they stashed the items at an abandoned house in La Feria. Officer Mendez also stated that two televisions were pawned in Harlingen that were from the motor homes in question.

Anyone with any information on this case may contact the La Feria PD at 797-3121.

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  1. Arturo Esquivel

    July 15, 2013 at 8:12 am

    I am out here in Kandahar, Afghanistan reading my hometown News of La Feria and on a positive note its great to hear the La Feria Police Department is doing a great Job for our community back home. Keep up the good Job LFPD from all of us on this side of the world in Afghanistan and a big Thank You to the La Feria News as well.

    Respectfully, A.E. Srs 82 LFHS

  2. Richard Leal

    July 18, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Crime does not pay. Glad they were caught stealing hard working citizen’s belongings. Richard Leal, Sergeant First Class (Retired), US Army, Fort Knox, KY Class of ’82 South Grand Prairie High School

  3. Norberto Puente

    September 4, 2013 at 4:57 am

    I hear so much in regards to b and e’s from people that have trailers in La Feria area and it would be so awesome if the police would take a cruise into these parks and check them out for burglaries at least every once in a while. I have spent six months in one of these courts and have not seen one police car in my park. Is there a law that police are not able to take a ride into these parks, but it is ok for others that are looking for things to take is ok?. So many times I have heard the saying, “If it is not bolted down–kiss it good-bye”.Thanks for allowing me to vent!!

    • Noe Perez

      October 8, 2014 at 10:31 pm

      You have a valid point Norberto. Maybe it’s considered private property and in that case a private security officer would need to be hired.

    • Jusin lievens

      February 18, 2016 at 1:49 am

      I read your quote and I understand your frustration. I also understand the police are very busy and cant get every where we would like them to be. If you could provide me with some contact information to your property management I can see if they would be interested in receiving a quote for a security system of cameras to cover the area and maybe help prevent or catch the people doing this. We might be able to make it where there is dedicated channel or website for everyone to review the traffic going in and out.

    • M Rae

      October 15, 2018 at 1:09 am

      They absolutely do. Should you feel a need for this, inform the LFPD. Make them aware and maybe you just don’t see them patrolling!!!

  4. Annabella licensed

    June 3, 2016 at 6:16 am

    My thoughts too lol..

  5. j.m.rodriguez

    May 21, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    Residents of trailer parks ( private property) should establish their own shared neighborhood watch groups and shared duty on roving patrols on foot, carry cell phones to call for PD and to photograph possible perpetrators. Also set up “game” cameras mostly for night time use. Proactive measures such as these and neighborhood watch signs at entrances should help.

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