Alert Citizens Prevent Two Thefts
LIBERTY, March 21, 2013 - Citizens that were looking out for their neighborhoods helped prevent two residential thefts, two days in a row. In the first incident on Monday, March 18th, just after 11:30 a.m., an alert resident in the Spring Oaks subdivision of Tarkington noticed a young man and a dog on C.R. 2800. They were in front of a vacant house. When the resident looked over towards the vacant house a couple of minutes later, they noticed the dog was still there, but the man was missing. The resident called the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) to report the suspicious circumstance.
LCSO Deputy Josh Cummins arrived on scene and was joined by the Liberty County Precinct 5 and Precinct 6 Constables and their deputies. They searched the vacant home, but didn’t find anyone inside. But then they noticed some siding that appeared to have been disturbed. The lawmen subsequently found a suspect hiding under the house. That suspect was taken into custody without incident.
In the second incident on Tuesday, March 19th, at 3:30 p.m., a granddaughter of Floyd Wheeler was driving past Mr. Wheeler’s property on C.R. 2293, near C.R. 2309 in Macedonia. She observed a truck on the property that she didn’t recognize. She called Mr. Wheeler who confirmed no one was supposed to be on the property. She then contacted LCSO to report the suspicious vehicle.
A Corporal from LCSO’s Civil Division was nearby and was able to stop the suspicious truck a short distance from the property after it had left the scene. The Corporal was immediately assisted on the stop, again by Liberty County Pct. 5 and Pct. 6 Constables Offices. There was stolen property found in the truck. LCSO Captain Mark Ellington led the further investigation. The suspect was taken into custody without incident.
In the first incident on C.R. 2800, Jesse Ray Rogers, 19, was booked-in to the Liberty County Jail for Evading Detention, a Class B Misdemeanor. Bond was set by Justice of the Peace Pct. 1 Stephen Hebert at $5000. The case remains open as investigators still need to contact the owner of the home to see if further charges are warranted.
In the second incident on C.R. 2293, James Ramsey, 25, was booked-in to the County Jail for Theft of Property, a Class B Misdemeanor. Bond was set by Justice of the Peace Hebert at $2,000.
Sheriff Bobby Rader said on Wednesday, “One of my goals after being sworn-in was for the Sheriff’s Office to renew the working relationships with LCSO and the various Liberty County Constables Offices. In both of these incidents, the Sheriff’s Office, and the Precinct 5 and 6 Constables worked together to bring a swift resolution to crimes in progress.” The deputies on both scenes also noted that it was the residents paying attention to their neighborhoods, and calling in their suspicions, that prevented property owners from being victimized.
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