WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) – A Wichita County inmate said he took an inmate monitoring device while he was being tried for release and returned to jail for that alleged theft and an alleged break-in at a liquor store.
Guillermo Luera Junior is now charged with theft of more than $750 and burglary in a building.
An officer says surveillance video showed Guillermo leaning against the counter waiting to be released and when the officer turns to retrieve Luera’s property, Luera grabbed the device and hid it in his jacket sleeve. Another officer later walked along the Central Freeway access road, where released inmates often walk, and said he found the monitor near a drainage ditch.
About a week later, shortly after midnight on Tuesday, January 31, police were alerted to a burglary in progress at the Super 9 Liquor on 9th Street. Police said the glass entrance door shattered and the owners identified the suspect as Luera, who they say is a regular customer. Police said surveillance video shows the suspect using a fire extinguisher to break the glass, then reaching in and trying to open the door. When he fails to open it, they say he has escaped. Officers searched the area and said they found Luera behind a property on 8th Street and identified him as the suspect in the video.