Local Man Charged In String Of Vehicle Break-Ins

Michael Spencer (Jail photo)
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TEMPLE (January 31, 2014) A Nolanville man was held Friday in the Bell County Jail, charged with multiple counts of burglary of a motor vehicle in connection with a string of vehicle break-ins in Temple.

Michael Spencer, 20, who lists an address on Jesse James Drive, in Nolanville, was ordered held on bonds totaling $30,000, charged with eight counts of burglary of a motor vehicle and one count of obstruction of a highway passageway, online jail records showed.

Spencer was one of two men arrested on Jan. 7 in connection with a series of auto burglaries, Temple police Cpl. Christopher Wilcox said.

In the earlier arrest officers were sent to a home in the 5400 block of Summerwood Drive after a caller reported someone had entered the garage and triggered an alarm.

Officers discovered several items belonging to the homeowner outside the garage, but were not immediately able to locate any suspects.

While searching the area, an officer noticed an SUV driving nearby that matched the description of a vehicle wanted in connection to a series of other vehicle burglaries and directed patrol officers to stop the vehicle.

Officers searched the SUV and located several items that they believed had been stolen.

Officers were able to trace one of the items to a home in the 5500 block of Legacy Oaks in Temple.

A later investigation revealed that items in the vehicle had been taken from the areas of Legacy Oaks, Blue Meadow Drive, Ellington Court, and Butterfly Court.

Spencer and Steven Hardy, 22, of Nolanville, both were arrested at that time and charged with burglary of a vehicle.