Night time arrest of bicyclist believed connected to string of vehicle burglaries

Center Police Department officials said the apprehension of a night-time bicyclist stopped with a semi-automatic pistol in his possession has resulted in possibly solving a string of motor vehicle burglaries.

From mid-June to July 24th, the Center Police Department received numerous reports of burglaries of motor vehicles in the general San Augustine Street area.

“Several firearms were taken from the vehicles, along with other items," CPD said in press release on Monday afternoon. On July 24th at approximately 10:15 p.m., Officer S. Anderson made a traffic stop on a subject riding a bicycle in the middle of Hurst Street.

“During the stop, Officer Anderson discovered the subject to be in possession of a semi-automatic pistol,” CPD officials said. The pistol serial number was checked through dispatch and was found to be recently stolen from a vehicle off of Pine Street.

The subject was identified as Brandon Morano, 23, a Hispanic male from Longview. Morano was placed into custody for unlawfully carrying a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm.

Morano was booked into Center Police Department holding facility without incident. Through further investigations, Moreno has also been charged with a total of 10 criminal offenses.

Police department officials said a special thanks goes to Corporal Thornburgh, Officers Anderson and Neal.

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