Officers Use Tear Gas To Flush Burglars Out Of Local Home

Destiny Leitschuh (left), Tiffany Carter (center), and Jerry Blanchard (Jail photos)

TEMPLE (April 11, 2014) Temple police caught three burglars in the act late Thursday night, but had to use tear gas to flush two of them out of the attic of the home they’d broken into.

A neighbor who heard the sound of breaking glass from the nearby house called police at around 11:50 p.m. Thursday.

Officers who responded to the call in the 300 block of North 7th Street found a rear window broken and could hear movement inside the house, which is vacant and in the process of being renovated, police Cpl. Christopher Wilcox said Friday.

A short time later, officers caught one woman as she walked out of the back door of the house, Wilcox said, but the other woman and a man remained inside.

The department’s SWAT Team was dispatched to the scene and after the two burglars ignored commands to come out, a K9 unit was sent inside.

The two suspects retreated to a crawl space in the attic, but because of safety concerns, officers didn’t try to confront them there, Wilcox said.

Instead, after the two again ignored commands to come out, tear gas was used to flush out the pair, Wilcox said.

Friday afternoon, Jerry Blanchard, 41, Destiny Leitschuh, 34, and Tiffany Carter, 24, all of Temple, were held in the Bell County Jail awaiting formal charges.