COLLIN COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – Officials with the Collin County Sheriff’s Office have arrested two teenagers who they say stole more than $1,000,000 in cash and coins from a home in an unincorporated part of the county.
Investigators arrested Anthony Sotelo, 19, and 18 year old Fernando Lopez and both have been charged with felony theft. Sotelo is the boyfriend of the homeowner’s 15-year-old daughter.
Officials did not released the name of the family who was burglarized, but sometime after the burglary notified Sheriff’s that their daughter had run away from home. Investigators say the girl left a note for her father and family saying that she was pregnant and running away.
Investigators were working to solve the theft and locate the girl when they say they were contacted by a witness who not only gave them information about the burglary, but told them where they could possibly find the suspects.
Sheriff’s confirmed the suspects location in Dallas and issued a search warrant for the location. Collin County Sheriff’s accompanied the Dallas Police Department’s Tactical Unit when they executed the warrant and found five firearms, 23 ounces of marijuana, gold bullion, and nearly $500,000 cash at the location.
After the suspects were taken into custody and interviewed, police say they also learned that a number of gold and silver coins, valued at more than $20,000, had been taken to a local exchange store.
Both Lopez and Sotelo are being held in the Collin County Detention Facility. Officials say the investigation into the case is ongoing and additional charges may be filed. Collin County is about 40 miles northeast of Dallas.