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Marcus Isaac (Source: Center Police Department) Marcus Isaac (Source: Center Police Department)
CENTER, TX (KTRE) -

Officers with the Center Police Department are seeking the public's help in catching a suspect in at least two vehicle burglaries that occurred in 2012.

Marcus Isaac, 18, of Center, is wanted in connection to an October 24, 2012 incident in which two vehicles were burglarized at East Texas Medical Clinic, according to a press release.

The press release stated that CPD detectives were called out to process the scene, but "had no suspects and little to go on." However, they did collect blood samples from where the suspect had cut himself while breaking into one of the vehicles.

After the blood was submitted to the Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Lab, it came back as a positive match to Isaac.

Center Police Detective Stephen Stroud said that he expects Isaac to be facing more charges as other crime lab results are released. He also said that even though it often takes time for the lab results to come back, "time is on our side."

If you see this suspect, please call Center Crime Stoppers at 598-SAFE or send a Web tip at www.centercrimestoppers.com. You could earn a reward up to $1,000 if your information leads to the arrest of the suspect.

In November 2012, Isaac turned himself in to officers with the Nacogdoches Police Department after he saw his picture and the story about him being a wanted man on the KTRE Website. According to a previous East Texas News story, Isaac turned himself in for an evading arrest warrant from the Center Police Department.

Before Isaac turned himself into authorities, the Center Police Department sought the public's help in locating Isaac because they considered him a "person of interest" in 14 car burglaries, four car thefts, and two home burglaries.

According to a previous East Texas News story, Center Police Det. Joey Haley said Isaac might have been involved in even more crimes than that.

"He might have actually been involved in more felonies," Haley said in November 2012. "We've just had a rash of car burglaries and thefts, and all in the same general area."

Haley said Isaac isn't the only person that the Center Police Department is investigating. He said Isaac runs around with a group of about three or four young men, and that Isaac has numerous run-ins with the law, including several juvenile cases.

During the course of the investigation in 2012, Haley and his partner found a wooded area with numerous trails in and out of it in the part of Center where the burglaries have been occurring. A search of the wooded area revealed a Mazda car that had the kind of damage that indicated it had been stolen, Haley said. Their hunch was right; the car had been stolen from Nacogdoches.

Another recovered stolen vehicle had been set on fire and burned to its rims, Haley said. The Center PD detective said the series of crimes started in late September 2012 and continued through early November of the same year.

When Haley and his partner approached Isaac to bring him in for questioning, Isaac saw them and immediately began walking in the other direction. Haley said Isaac kept going after he told him to stop, and his partner started chasing the then 17-year-old. Isaac ran from them, climbed a 8-foot fence, and vanished into a nearby wooded area.

Isaac turned himself in to the Nacogdoches Police Department a day later.

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