A family left to spend the night in a hotel room after their house in the Viridian community caught fire on Aug. 29, according to police.
But when they returned home the next day they found that more was missing than what the fire had destroyed.
Burglars had gotten inside and taken jewelry, designer handbags, and electronics.
Then came some good news.
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A few days after the family discovered the burglary, they noticed some of their property was listed for sale on Facebook. The family told police, and detectives posed as potential buyers with the suspects.
Detectives took the suspects into custody after meeting with them on Sept. 6. During a search of the suspects’ vehicle, officers found some of the family’s personal property.
A search warrant was executed at a motel room in Euless where the suspects had been living and more property was located. It’s possible that other area agencies will be able to clear additional burglary and theft cases from the evidence that has been gathered, according to police.
Several pieces of luggage from DFW Airport that still had luggage tags on them in addition to other items that are likely stolen have been recovered, police said.
Odessey Messer,43, was charged with suspicion of felony burglary of a habitation and her bond has been set at $10,000. Luis Gonzalez, 41, was charged with theft $750-2,500 and his bond has been set at $500 on the theft charge.
Both suspects were in the Tarrant County Jail on Saturday.
Arlington police returned the property to the owners.