New Braunfels Police Arrest Three Suspected Burglars after Chase Down I-35

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(L-r) Matthew Sandoz, Felipe Tijerina and George Rodriguez were arrested by New Braunfels police on Monday. Jail image.

New Braunfels police on Monday arrested three men who allegedly broke into a truck in a restaurant parking lot at the Creekside Shopping Center, stole a handgun and led them on a chase down I-35 to FM 3009.

Officers were called to the 2900 block of Cold Spring Drive near the intersection of FM 306 and I-35 around 7 p.m. They attempted to apprehend the men, who were riding in a silver Nissan Altima.

The suspects fled the scene and police pursued them south, down I-35, off the highway into the downtown New Braunfels area, then back onto southbound I-35.

The chase ended after one of the Altima’s tires blew out. With the help of a tactical vehicle intervention, the suspects were stopped just before FM 3009.

The men were arrested and booked into Comal County Jail.

The driver, 32-year-old Matthew Sandoz of San Antonio, was charged with burglary of a vehicle, theft of a firearm, and evading arrest in a vehicle. He was released on $20,000 in bonds from the three charges.

Passengers Felipe Jesus Tijerina, 36, of Grand Prairie, and George Michael Rodriguez, 26, of San Antonio, were charged with burglary of a vehicle and theft of a firearm.

Rodriguez is out on $10,000 in bonds. Tijerina remains in county jail.

Additional charges may be pending.


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  1. 10 days ago my truck was broken into at about the same place (Creekside) and time ( mine 6:30. The breaking that led to the arrest 7:00). Seems the perps who broke into my truck might have been caught….???…. They cost me $$ and a lot of time….

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