Two Suspects Arrested; Could Clear 150 Montrose Area Burglaries
October 26, 2010 - Houston police have arrested two suspects believed responsible for committing up to 150 home burglaries in the city's Montrose area during the past year.
Felony burglary charges are filed against both suspects, Leonard Keith Campbell (b/m, DOB: 10-21-60) and Bobby Henry (b/m, DOB: 1-18-70). Campbell is charged with two counts of burglary of a habitation in the 208th State District Court while Henry is charged with one count of burglary of a habitation and one count of evading arrest in the 180th State District Court. Photos of both suspects are attached to this news release.
Officers in the Central Patrol Division said Campbell may be responsible for burglarizing up to 107 homes and Henry more than 50 residences since September 2009. That accounts for more than half of all home burglaries reported in the surrounding Montrose area during the past 12 months.
The arrests highlight exemplary efforts of police officers and an area resident working together.
In Campbell's arrest on October 18th, Officer J. Obenhaus responded to a burglary of a residence call in the 2100 block of Park Street when he spotted a suspicious male walking with a lap top bag in the 2200 block of Dunlavy. When the suspect dropped the bag and fled on foot for numerous blocks, Officer Obenhaus ran after him and took him into custody as he was trying to jump over a fence.
On October 22, a resident spotted suspect Henry taking glass out of a window and his head inside a residence. When the resident yelled at Henry to see what he was doing, Henry ran. The resident then followed the suspect and called police, relaying his location. Neartown Storefront Officer L. Laureano and other patrol officers arrived and took Henry into custody. Henry had a laptop on his person that was determined to be stolen from a home in the 400 block of Welch.
Due to an increase in home burglaries in the Montrose and Hyde Park areas, Central patrol officers earlier this month (Oct. 7) conducted a door-to-door home burglary prevention initiative and visited more than 700 residences, to share crime prevention information and distribute brochures assisting citizens in how to lessen their chances of having their homes burglarized. “Our focus when we go door-to-door and in our interactions year round is to educate the citizens we serve and protect that the police alone can not reduce burglaries,” said Sergeant R.V. Wilson of the Central Patrol Division. “We need to work together,” he added. “In suspect Henry’s arrest, we could not have made that arrest without the help of an alert citizen.”
For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.