The Lampasas Police Department started receiving reports of car burglaries at 5am on Thursday. At 12:20pm an employee of the Inn at Lampasas at 1200 CTE called the Lampasas Police Department to report suspicious persons on their property. Sergeant Fiden Morua and Officer Dean Werlinger responded. Three suspects were located, one female, Maria Salinas-Martinez age 21 of Lampasas, and two men, Branden Tengler, age 24 of Kempner and William Goudeau, age 22 of Lampasas.
Maria Salinas-Martinez was wanted on a theft warrant held by Copperas Cove police, and suspected methamphetamine was located on her person. In her backpack was property from several of the vehicles that were burglarized, and Tengler was in possession of marijuana. Two packages of what is believed to be methamphetamine was on the ground near them.
The investigation implicated all three in the vehicle burglaries and they were arrested and taken to the Lampasas County Jail. Upon arrival at the jail, more suspected methamphetamine was found on Salinas-Martinez.
15 burglaries were reported in all on Thursday. There were no forced entries. With the exception of two vehicles, all were unlocked. The investigation is ongoing.
Maria Del Carmen Salinas-Martinez was charged with Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity – Burglary of a motor vehicle, possession of a controlled substance, and prohibited substance in a correctional facility which are state jail felonies. She is also charged on the Copperas Cove Police Dept. warrant of theft over $100 under $750 which is a class B misdemeanor. The total bond for Ms. Salinas-Martinez is set at $18,350.
Brandon Tengler was charged with Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity – Burglary of a motor vehicle which isa state jail felony and possession of marijuana, a class B misdemeanor. The total bond for Mr. Tengler is $15,500.
William Goudeau was charged with Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity – Burglary of a motor vehicle. The bond for Mr. Goudeau was set at $15,000.