Two Big Spring Teens Arrested in Connection to a Series of Residential Burglaries

by Victor Lopez
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING--Everything that went down on Tuesday is just one piece of a very large puzzle.    According to Sgt. Tony Everett, Big Spring Police hope to have more pieces very soon, "They're recent burglaries in the Big Spring, Howard County area."

Big Spring Police are investigating a string of residential burglaries.  What's unclear is whether they're related, and if they are, who's behind it.  But for now, 18 year old Laray Woodard is in the hotseat.  "A search of the vehicle revealed there was a shotgun in the vehicle.  It's believed to be stolen in one of these burglaries," Everett explained.

Another teen was also arrested on Big Spring High campus for drug possession.

"A sixteen year old high school student was taken into custody and found to be in possession of cocaine and marijuana," Everett said.

He goes on to say, the two teens are definitely connected.   But it doesn't stop there.   Investigators were led to a house, not far from the high school, in the 1300 block of Sycamore.
According to Everett, "The residence was searched and more stolen property was found, including more weapons."

Sgt. Everett says right now they are looking at maybe 2 or 3 burglaries as part of their ongoing investigation but, "Of course more may come from this. We may discover more burglaries have been committed. It's just, time will tell," Everett said.

Laray Woodard is on Big Spring High's football team.   He was charged with having a weapon on school property and released on a $3,000 bond.   Big Spring is set to play, number two ranked, Everman High School in round three of the playoffs on Friday in Abilene.  

NewsWest 9 was unable to reach Head Coach Phillip Ritchey for a comment.