Police chief: 'Don't make it easy on these guys'

JESSIE HORTON jessie.horton@empiretribune.com

On Monday, parents of students enrolled in Dublin Elementary School learned that campus was locked down by the Dublin Police Department and Erath County Sheriff's Office.

According to Dublin Police Chief Lannie Lee, the the police department was notified by Erath County Sheriff's deputies that a suspect in a burglary investigation was seen on County Road 847 and thought to have been headed towards town. As a precaution, the elementary school was locked down. Lee said the suspect was not located on Monday and students were released at their regularly scheduled times.

Lee said deputies and officers were back in the area Tuesday morning looking for the same suspect. According to officials, a suspicious person was seen walking toward a heavily wooded area north of town and officers were dispatched to search for the subject. Lee added that as of noon on Tuesday, officials were still unsure if the subject was the same suspect or just a suspicious person.

"We had a caller say they saw someone matching the description of our suspect walking near the end of Thomas Street," Lee said. "So we have officers north of the school looking for him."

Lee said a number of burglaries have occurred in the area and that his department is working closely with the Erath County Sheriff's Office in an attempt to bring these cases to a close.

"My office, as well as the sheriff's office, is investigating these burglaries and working to bring the cases to a close," Lee said. "We continue to work to protect our citizens and residents of the county who live near Dublin as well. Our best advise to residents is to constantly be aware of your surroundings and lock up your houses and your vehicles. If you see anyone who looks suspicious call us and let us come check them out. Don't make it easy for these guys."