Two teens charged after early morning hotel burglary

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — Two teenagers are behind bars after an alleged early morning burglary at a hotel that is currently under construction on the north side of Wichita Falls.

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According to Sergeant Charlie Eipper, Public Information Officer with the Wichita Falls Police Department, night shift patrol officers responded to a burglar alarm on Wednesday, July 10, 2024, at around 2:30 a.m. at the Hampton Inn currently under construction in the 2300 block of Sierra Drive.

Eipper said when officers arrived at the scene, they saw two bicycles parked at the gate of the perimeter fence that surrounds the construction area. One of the officers eventually found two young males as they exited the building.

According to Eipper, as officers attempted to detain the males, one of the subjects ran from officers but was eventually captured.

Eipper said the suspects were a 17-year-old male and a 14-year-old male. He said they were found to be in possession of property that belonged inside of the building.

Authorities said the 17-year-old male, later identified as Trysten Murray of Wichita Falls, was also found to be in possession of almost 20 credit cards and debit cards that belonged to other people.

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Eipper said Murray was booked into the Wichita County Jail on charges of burglary of a building, evading arrest or detention, and fraudulent use or possession of credit or debit card information. He said the 14-year-old male was transported to Juvenile Detention and charged with burglary of a building.

"We are proud of the awesome police work demonstrated by our night shift patrol officers," Eipper said in a press release.

This is a developing story. Stick with Texoma's Homepage for updates as more information becomes available. All individuals charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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