Rash of burglaries triggers warning from investigators

A rash of crimes against property in recent days—three building break-ins and two vehicle burglaries in the past week—has prompted police to ask for help from the public.

“Two things would help,” Lt. J. D. Newlin said. “People need to always lock their vehicles and call us at the first moment they see anything suspicious.”

Newlin said in recent weeks a number of firearms have been reported stolen. “They aren’t being pawned here,” he said. “We don’t know where they’re going. We’d sure like to get that stopped.”

During the past week a rifle and some currency were taken from a West Cameron Ave. (US 79) residence and a tire and rim were stolen from a Scarbrough Street garage.

A laptop and printer were taken from the Senior Citizens Center on Green Street and a person was caught inside a vehicle on FM 908 North.

Police said a radar detector and CD player were taken from a vehicle on Marshall Street.


One felony arrest was reported during the past week.

Dennis Lee Brooks, 45, of Rockdale, was charged Dec. 23 with non-payment of child support and was taken to the county jail.


Police made one arrest, and said another is anticipated, in connection with a criminal mischief incident.

An incident on Murray Avenue where vehicle windows were broken, is also under investigation.


Misdemeanor arrests during the past week included two for disorderly conduct/fighting and three for public intoxication.

Police also served three warrants.


Police said vehicles operated by Yesenia Mora and Dillon Bell, both of Rockdale, were in collision in the 600 block of West Cameron (US 79) at 2 p.m. Dec. 23.

Police said there were no injuries and damage estimates were not available.

Ofc. Bryan Lightfoot said a stone brick mailbox owned by Barbara Taylor at 1704 Alcoa sustained $1,000 in damage when it was struck by an unknown vehicle at 8:29 p.m. Dec. 23.

No injuries, and minor damages, were reported at 2:43 p.m. Monday when vehicles operated by Neva Lamb of Caldwell and Matthew Exner of Lexington were in collision at the East Cameron (US 79)-Meadow intersection, according to police.


Police said traffic citations issued during the past week included 13 for speeding, four each for driving while license invalid, failure to maintain financial responsibility and no MVI sticker, two for expired license plate and one for running a stop sign.

One citation for possession of alcohol in a motor vehicle was issued.

Service calls

Officers responded to 121 during the past week and 104 calls to the 911 system.


Tips on any crime listed above may be phoned in to Milam County CrimeStoppers, toll-free, at 1-888-697-TIPS (8477).

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