Son Of Local Business Owner Charged In Burglary Of Father’s Store

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email

WACO (October 16, 2012)—Billy Dale Azbell, the son of the man who owns Azbell Communications, in Waco, has been charged in connection with a break-in that was discovered after fire broke out at the family business in early October.

Azbell, 31, was ordered held on $5,000 bond, charged with burglary of a building.

He also is being held on a motion to revoke probation for a possession of methamphetamine charge without bond.

Firefighters were sent at about 3:30 a.m. Oct. 1 to the business in the 1800 block of Speight where they found a fire burning at the back of the building.

The next day Waco fire marshals announced the fire had been intentionally set in an attempt to cover up a burglary.

Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton if an arson charge is to be filed. fire marshals will do so.

The fire marshal said at the time it's unclear just how the fire spread, but said there is no question that the blaze was intentionally set.

Acting Assistant Waco Fire Chief James Monroe said the fire caused damage in excess of $100,000.

Monroe said the first engine company was able to knock the fire down quickly, but the nature of the older part of the structure required close inspection to ensure the fire was out.

Damage to the storage area was extensive, but was more limited in the newer parts of the building, Monroe said.

No one was injured in the fire and in spite of some damage the building was not destroyed.

Azbell's, founded by Billy Lee Azbell, Sr., has been the electronics and communications business in Central Texas since 1945.

The business has occupied its current location since 1949.


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