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Dallas police search for more Uptown burglary suspects

DALLAS -- Detectives continued their search Wednesday for more suspects involved in the Uptown Dallas area where 28 burglaries have been reported, police said Wednesday afternoon in a news conference.

Police have arrested a Hurst man they believe may be involved in the string of burglaries, but investigators are convinced that he wasn’t working alone.

Dustin Joseph Kienzlen, 33, was arrested on unrelated charges Monday at the Regency Place Apartments in the 500 block of Brown Trail in Hurst.

Officers searched his one-bedroom apartment and found stolen property, including a laptop that was traced to one that was stolen in the Uptown Dallas area, police said Wednesday afternoon.

In addition, police found an engagement ring given to a woman by her fiancé before he was killed in Iraq, Dallas police said. The ring also was reported stolen from the Uptown Dallas area, authorities said.

Dallas police have been investigating the 28 burglaries in Uptown Dallas since April. In almost every case, the thief or thieves drilled a hole in a door or lock to enter the apartment or condo while the residents were away, according to Dallas police.

Kienzlen remained in the Hurst Jail Wednesday on $102,500 bail. He’s there on suspicion of theft $1,500 to $20,000 in the Dallas case and suspicion of possession of a controlled substance in the Hurst case.

He was indicted in June on an auto-theft charge filed by the Tarrant Regional Auto Theft Task Force. That case is pending.