Trailer burglary still under investigation

Burleson police this week continued their investigation into the Aug. 31 burglary of a Joshua Baptist Church trailer that contained goods originally designated for Hurricane Harvey relief.

“Our reports indicate $3,000 in miscellaneous items such as water, dog food and personal hygiene-type products were taken,” Burleson Police Sgt. Wes Routson told the Burleson Star.

The trailer was taken from the church property, 3231 SW Wilshire Blvd, about 7 p.m. Aug. 31, authorities said.

The case has been forwarded to the department’s auto theft task force, reports show.

Surveillance video recovered from the scene indicates a dark-colored truck pulled up beside the trailer the evening of Aug. 31, Routson said.

“You can see a man wearing a hoodie and dark jacket exit that truck and head back up to the trailer hitch area,” he said. “After that, it was hitched and the vehicle drove off.”

After the Harvey goods were removed, the trailer was abandoned in a field in Fort Worth at Camelot Road and South Alta Mesa, reports show.

Andrew Wolfenbarger, pastor of the church that owns the trailer, told the site blackchristiannews.com that many members of his congregation were hit hard by the crime.

“There was a feeling of guilt and sadness that we’d lost all the supplies,” the pastor told the news site.

Among the items stolen were soap, baby supplies and pet food, the pastor stated.

Despite the setback, Wolfenbarger’s congregation banded together once again to refi ll the trailer once it was recovered, according to the site.

Once apprehended, the charge facing whoever committed this crime will be theft of property, $2,500 to $30,000 – a state jail felony.

MURDER-SUICIDE NEAR JOSHUA

 In an unrelated case, Burleson authorities say their investigation into the fatal shootings of a wife and husband on a public roadway bear out what was thought from the beginning – that on Tuesday, Sept. 5, Marco Gaytan, 32, of Fort Worth, fatally shot his wife, Joann Gaytan, 34, of Joshua in the head before turning the weapon on himself.

“Based on the evidence and what has been determined, the results are consistent with that type of scenario,” Sgt. Routson said.

Burleson authorities responded to a report of a one-vehicle accident at about 1 a.m. on September 5.

Upon arrival, Burleson offi cers discovered the two gunshot victims inside the vehicle.

Joann Gaytan was pronounced dead in the vehicle in the 1800 block of FM 917 near Joshua where the couple was found.

Marco Gaytan was taken to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth, where he died about an hour later.

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