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Probation, restitution ordered in Brookshire Brothers theft

Roark Roark A 25-year-old Madisonville man received a four-year probated sentence last week in 20th Dis- trict Court for his part in the April 28 theft of $ 1 2 , 0 0 0 from Rockdale Brookshire Bros.

O'Bryan David Roark also drew two eight-month state jail terms on separate charges, one involving a 100-mileper hour car chase with law enforcement agencies from Rockdale almost to Cameron.

In all, Roark pleaded guilty to theft ($1,500 to $20,000), evading arrest with a motor vehicle and credit/debit card abuse.

He was also ordered to pay $11,641.68 in restitution in connection with the Brookshire Bros. theft.

Surveillance video

Rockdale police were called to Brookshire Bros. and were told the super market had surveillance video of an employee "taking $12,000 in cash and walking out the front door."

The employee was identified as 19-year-old Kristen Roberts of Rockdale, whom police said was Roark's girlfriend.

Lt. J. D. Newlin said Roark picked up Rober ts in the Brookshire parking lot and the couple left the Rockdale area.

Roark was arrested six days later at a Madisonville motel. Roberts turned herself in the next day.

Police said some cash was recovered, along with about $1,500 in electronics equipment believed to have been purchased with the stolen money.

In August, Roberts pleaded guilty to the same offense, drew a five-year probated prison term and was assessed $5,336.79 in restitution.

She also drew a 60-day county jail term which she is serving on weekends.

Chase

Two weeks and one day before the Brookshire theft, Roark was arrested at McLerran Hill near Cameron af ter a high-speed highway chase involving several law enforcement agencies.

That incident began when Rockdale police attempted to stop a vehicle on traffic offenses and ended 15 miles later near the Y-intersection outside Cameron when a state trooper deployed spike strips to stop the car after a 100-mile-per hour chase.

Ten law enforcement agencies were involved.

Lt. J. D. Newlin of the Rockdale Police Department said the pursuit was the fastest in which he had ever been involved.


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