DALLAS –– When Dallas officers arrested a man and a woman suspected in a string of driveway burglaries Thursday evening they recovered evidence that matched items used and worn by the robbers, according to arrest affidavits.
Kenneth Charles Hunt, 51, and Santana Andrews, 26, have each been charged with aggravated robbery. They were pulled over at 7:40 p.m. near the 2800 block of West Davis Street in Oak Cliff following reports of a robbery in the 1100 block of Montclair Street.
They were driving a Chevrolet Captiva, “which was the same type of vehicle used in previous robberies.”
Police pulled the car over after the passenger tossed a wallet out the window.
The man, identified as Hunt, told the officers his girlfriend tossed a pack of Newport cigarettes out the window. The woman, later identified as Andrews, reportedly was nervous speaking to officers and had facial piercings –– “also a description of a suspect on previous robberies,” the affidavit says.
Police asked both Hunt and Andrews to exit the vehicle so they could search the car. Inside, the officer found a ski mask with holes cut out of it; a black shirt that one of the victims described to investigators; and a large butcher knife, which was found in Andrews’ purse.
According to the arrest affidavit, Hunt confessed to the robbery at Jack Evans Police Headquarters. Andrews also had stolen ID and credit cards on her when she was arrested, the document said. The wallet was later recovered and found to be related to the robbery on Montclair.
The two are suspected of being involved with a string of 24 robberies throughout the city since January. They’re primarily concentrated in Northeast Dallas near Casa Linda and Lake Highlands. Maj. Jeff Cotner, head of the department’s Crimes Against Persons division, said it’s likely several suspects are responsible for the crimes.
The incidents have all occurred between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. at night. The suspect or suspects will approach a resident as they exit their car and walk into their homes and rob them. Many of the victims have been elderly.
Cotner on Thursday named four different suspect cars, one of which matched the Chevrolet. The others included a dark-colored Sedan, a Chrysler 200, and a silver SUV thought to be a Saturn Vue.
Hunt has a pair of previous felony convictions for aggravated robbery.
The reward remains in place: CrimeStoppers and Oak Farms Dairy are each offering $5,000 for information leading to arrests and indictments in the crimes. Residents are asked to call Dallas police with any information.