BELLMEAD (July 31, 2013)--A man was in the McLennan County jail Wednesday a two hour manhunt Tuesday night in Bellmead for a suspect in a series of vehicle break-ins.
James Howerton was held Wednesday in lieu of bonds totaling $85,000 on a list of charges including evading arrest, possession of a controlled substance and five counts of burglary of a vehicle.
Officers spotted Howerton Tuesday night in the 1600 block of Air Base Road, Bellmead Police detective Mike Miller said Wednesday.
He ran, but officers eventually caught him in a field near TSTC.
The vehicle break-ins were reported on Saturday and Sunday at hotels and a dialysis center along Interstate 35 in Bellmead.
The burglaries were part of what police described as a scheme that targeted primarily vehicles driven by women who worked in daycares or medical offices and wore scrubs, and who left their purses behind when they went into businesses, Bellmead police Detective Michael Miller said.
One of the victims, Claudia Rodriguez, who works in a dental office in Bellmead, said her car was broken into right in front of the office and her purse, containing $600 for rent, was taken.
Investigators have recovered a number of stolen items, but little of the stolen cash, which they think was spent on drugs and hotels, Miller said.
(John Carroll contributed to this story)