Warrant Round-Up Begins

It's a round-up of wanted men and women across the state with local agencies cracking down on people who have outstanding warrants.

News 3 accompanied Brazos County Sheriff's Officers Saturday.

In all only about two dozen people were taken into custody.

The Brazos County Sheriff's Office hunted 70 subjects who'd had warrants dating back to 2009 and 2010 and were only able to apprehend four.

It turns out the low arrest rate isn't really that unusual.

It's not a visit most of us expect at our front doors but local police and sheriff's deputies were counting on a element of surprise.

During News 3's time with the sheriff's office we only tracked down one woman who had an outstanding warrant for theft of service.

Investigators decided not to arrest her on the spot and she turned herself into the jail a few hours later.

"That was actually a business lady so we understood that she had some customers there and children issues. So we try to be considerate we know where she works we know where she lives. We have a good address on her," said Sgt. David Villarreal, of the Brazos County Sheriff's Office.

Other homes weren't so successful.

Many doors weren't answered or the person being sought had moved away.

It's oftentimes a guessing game to figure out where these suspects exactly are.

During the warrant round-up the sheriff's department typically finds one suspect for every eight to ten doors they knock on.

"Sometimes they actually give us wrong addresses or they give us relative's addresses. Sometimes they do end up for financial reasons they end up moving," said Villarreal.

The Brazos County Jail's processing area stayed busy.

A man there was also taken into custody during the round-up.

"If you have outstanding warrants still for your arrest we are gonna continue to look for you and at some point in time we will find you," warned Villarreal.

Of those two dozen people arrested there are still more than 3,500 active warrants on the books.

The warrant round up continues until March 11th.

Area law enforcement had been promoting an amnesty period for the last two weeks.

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