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Police: 2 tied to string of south Abilene vehicle burglaries arrested

Joshua Butcher

ABILENE, Texas -- Police believe they have arrested the culprits in a string of vehicle burglaries in far south Abilene.

Joshua Butcher, 30, and Michelle Paine, 37, both of Abilene, were taken into custody Thursday night after a search warrant was executed for credit card and forgery offenses at the McM Elegante Suites on Ridgemont Drive.

According to Abilene police, Butcher and Paine are tied to vehicle burglaries in the Mesquite Forest (Wylie) area.

Recovered items included stolen credit cards, checks and pieces of identifying information. Police also seized heroin and methamphetamine from the hotel room.

Butcher and Paine are facing felony ID theft, credit card abuse, and possession of heroin charges. Butcher is also facing forgery of checks and possession of methamphetamine charges.

The two remain in Taylor County Jail. Butcher is being held on bonds totaling $42,500. Paine remains jailed on bonds totaling $30,000.

The investigation into the vehicle burglaries is continuing.

Victims of the Mesquite Forest area vehicle burglaries are encouraged to contact the Abilene Police Department non-emergency line at (325) 673-8331.

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