Central Texas teen charged in two break-ins

Cartha Martel Speed, 19, was booked into the Bell County Jail Friday. (Jail photo)

BELL COUNTY, Texas (KWTX) A Temple teenager accused of breaking into homes in Salado and Killeen and stealing jewelry, firearms and a game system among other things remains jailed in lieu of bonds totaling more than $200,000.

Cartha Martel Speed, 19, was booked into the Bell County Jail Friday.

He’s charged with two counts of false statement, burglary of a habitation and burglary of a habitation with intent to commit another felony.

He’s also held on a probation revocation warrant.

He’s accused of breaking into a home on July 15 in Salado and taking jewelry and other unspecified items, which he later pawned, according to an arrest warrant affidavit released Tuesday.

An employee of the pawnshop identified Speed as the person who pawned the property and said that “Speed told her the jewelry belonged to his deceased grandparents,” the affidavit says.

He’s also accused of stealing an Xbox, and three firearms from a home in Killeen on July 16, an arrest affidavit says.

The break-in was discovered after a resident reported that someone in a silver car had thrown a gun case in the road.

The officer who responded found a home a few minutes later with the door open and contacted the resident, who confirmed the theft.

Several other burglaries were reported on the same day that involved reports of a silver car and one resident managed to get the license plate number

Police tracked down the owner who told them the car had been taken without his permission by a person he identified as Speed, the affidavit says.

The Xbox was pawned within 90 minutes of the burglary and a clerk identified Speed as the person who pawned it, the affidavit says.