Teens accused of breaking into Sugar Land police chief's house

SUGAR LAND, Texas - Two teenagers have been accused of breaking into a police chief's house.

Sugar Land police said Conner Hinton, 17, and Taylor Nuttal, 17, broke into Police Chief Doug Brinkley's home in the 2000 block of Holly Glade Lane about 11:45 a.m. on Feb. 8.

Detectives said the teens forced a back door open and broke part of the police chief's fence.

"When I got there, my door was kicked in and the glass was broken," Brinkley said. "I called police."

Nothing inside the house was taken, investigators said. Brinkley's security system alarm went off when the door was opened and officials suspect that scared the teens.

"I'm pretty confident it was a crime of opportunity. They had no idea I was the chief of police," Brinkley said.

Police said a neighbor spotted the teen's climbing over a fence near her home and gave them descriptions of the suspects. Another resident reported seeing a suspicious car parked in front of her home.

Shortly after the break-in at the chief's home, police spotted the car and arrested Hinton and Nuttal. Both teens have been charged with burglary of a habitation.

"For an active neighborhood such as ours, I would really like to say thank you," Brinkley said. "I wish everyone would step up in instances like this."

Police gave these tips to prevent home burglaries:

  • Lock all doors and windows.
  • Use a security alarm system even when you are home.  Have motion or glass-break sensors installed.
  • Place an alarm sign in the front yard.
  • Place locks on side gates that provide access to backyards. "Beware of Dog" signs don't hurt either.
  • Keep bushes trimmed below windows.
  • Plant sticker bushes under rear windows (holly, roses, etc. are good options).
  • If someone comes to the door, acknowledge their presence.  When thieves think homes are empty, they break in.  Do not open the door.
  • Call the police immediately about suspicious activity.  The non-emergency number for the Sugar Land Police Department is 281-275-2020. Public safety dispatchers answer this number 24/7. 
  • Use your curtains.  Don't let thieves "window shop."

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