‘Fraudulent use’ arrest clears old case for police

A 33-year-old Rockdale woman was arrested on an identity theft charge Monday, clearing an old case from police department records.

Samatra Iwaina Beckwith was charged with fraudulent use of identifying information and was released after posting $5,000 bond.

Arrest was made by Ofc. Steven Cooper.

Lt. J. D. Newlin said the case involved an incident in which fraudulent ID information was used to open a utility account.


Arrest complaints filed during the past week included one each for disorderly conduct, assault by contact, theft and DWI .

Three arrests were made on warrants.


Ofc. Brandon Tess responded to a 7:38 p.m.. May 18 report that several utility trailers had fallen from the trailer of an 18-wheeler rig at the US 77-US 79 ramp at the eastern city limits.

Tess said two 10-foot trailers and two 18-foot trailers had fallen from the rig.

Driver was listed as Gary Lee Lorndon of Honey Grove.

No injuries were reported and damages were not estimated.

Minor property damage was reported in a one-vehicle accident at 2:56 a.m. Saturday in the 600 block of Williams.

Driver was listed as Cort Fitzpatrick of Rockdale.


Newlin said police are investigating an indecency with a child complaint that was reported to have occurred 10 years ago.

He said a front door on a residence was kicked in, an incident being investigated as criminal mischief.

A pole saw was taken from a barn in a burglary incident, Newlin said.

Police are also investigating two reports of simple assault.


Citations issued during the past week included 41 for speeding, six each for expired MVI sticker and no liability insurance, four for disregarding official traffic control device, two each for no seat belt and failure to report change of name or address and one for expired registration.

One citation was issued for curfew violation.

Service calls

Officers responded to 143 total calls for service during the week, including 110 through 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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