Police: Burglar did laundry in Old Town house

Published 11:32 pm Monday, June 22, 2015

A 52-year old Selma man was arrested last week for allegedly breaking into an Old Town home and doing his laundry.

According to Lt. Curtis Muhannad with the Selma Police Department, Edward Robinson was arrested on June 16 on probable cause. After being interviewed by detectives, Robinson was charged with third-degree burglary and receiving stolen property.

“It’s very unusual that someone would burglarize [someone’s] property and then while they’re in there do their laundry,” Muhannad said. “It is a first for me but people do crazy things.”

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Robinson was arrested after the homeowners reported the burglary to the police department.

“The arrest stemmed from an investigation into a burglary that occurred in the 600 block of Union Street, in which someone had broken into a residence on several occasions and even took the time to do their laundry during one burglary,” Muhannad said.

According to Muhannad, Robinson was caught on surveillance footage by the homeowners.

“Surveillance footage captured Mr. Edward Robinson on and around the premises and property,” Muhannad said. “Detectives identified the suspect and were able to bring him in for an interview.”

When detectives searched Robinson’s residence they found items that were stolen from multiple burglaries that had been reported in Old Town.

“Mr. Robinson was arrested and transported to the Dallas County Jail with a bond of $15,000,” Muhannad said. “Detectives have made arrangements for possible property owners of the recovered stolen property to view the items.”

The Union Street home that Robinson broke into has been broken into at least three times, according to Muhannad, but investigators are not sure if Robinson was responsible for those break-ins. Muhannad said Robinson could be facing more burglary and receiving stolen property charges pending further investigation.

Robinson could face one to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $15,000 for the burglary and receiving stolen property charges.