A series of criminal acts that began in July 2013 resulted in the identification and arrest of a suspect after Patrol Division officers responded to a disturbance on August 10th. The related events leading up to the arrest were as follows:
On July 7, 2013, a residential burglary in the 700 block of Sunset Drive was reported to the Abilene Police Department (APD). The preliminary investigation revealed that forced entry was made. Jewelry and other keepsakes valued at approximately $4,500 had been stolen. On August 2, 2013, a residential burglary was committed in the 2100 block of Clinton Street. The preliminary investigation revealed that force was used to enter the home. A semi-automatic rifle and other property valued at approximately $2,600 were stolen. On August 3, 2013, a commercial burglary in the 800 block of Walnut Street was reported. The owner was out of town at the time of the burglary and the reporting party indicated the crime occurred between August 1st and 3rd. A motor vehicle from inside the business, a 1994 gray Mercedes, was stolen during the crime. The owner of this business returned to Abilene and provided an inventory of other stolen property that included stereo electronics and a welder. On August 10, 2013, the resident living in the 4400 block of Coachlight Road reported the theft of her yellow Nissan from her driveway. The preliminary investigation revealed that the vehicle had been parked at the residence overnight but the ignition key was left inside the unsecured vehicle.
On August 10th at about 5:35 p.m., officers with the Patrol Division responded to a disturbance in the 1100 block of Grape Street. The victim from the commercial burglary contacted APD after spotting a welder in the back of a pickup truck that the victim recognized to be the same machine stolen during the burglary. The victim confronted the involved male subject in control of the pickup truck. The actual owner of the welder was summoned to the scene and he confirmed the identification of the welder as his property. Patrol Division officers contacted the involved parties, including the subject in possession of the stolen welder: Robert D. Hagar (DOB: 05/22/87). Detective Rusty Antilley with the Crimes Against Property Unit of the Criminal Investigations Division was summoned to assist with the investigation.
Robert Hagar was interviewed and the investigation revealed that Hagar was a convicted felon and the owner of the pickup truck containing the stolen welder. It also revealed that he had committed all the crimes highlighted above and was in possession of the keys to the Nissan. Hagar provided officers the location of the stolen Nissan inside city limits where it was recovered. Hagar also provided information to detectives that led to the recovery of the stolen Mercedes that was later located in Jones County. The investigation revealed that Hagar had sold some of the stolen property to a local gold buyer and it was later recovered. Hagar was arrested for two felony offenses: Theft (Motor Vehicle) and for Burglary of a Habitation. He was booked at the Taylor County Jail with bonds totaling $27,500.
This is an ongoing investigation. These criminal cases will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s office for their consideration of charges. More information may be released as the investigation allows.