‘Return to scene’ nets two arrests here Friday

By MIKE BROWN Reporter Editor

The old cliche about “returning to the scene of a crime” may not be a cliche after all.

Just ask Ofc. S.A. Smith of the Rockdale Police Department.

Smith arrested two Rockdale men early Friday morning after they drove by him on US 79 while he was taking a witness statement at the scene of a theft which was just then being reported.

Charged with theft ($1,500 to $20,000) were Daniel Wayne Tovar, 27, and Christopher Michael Garcia, 33, both of Rockdale.

Municipal Court Judge Jerr y Waggoner set bond at $6,000 each. Tovar made bond later in the day and Garcia remained in the Milam County Jail as of Tuesday.

Lt. J. D. Newlin sa id police received a call just before 6 a.m. that someone had been observed pushing a lawnmower across US 77 from CarQuest Auto Parts into the parking lot across the highway.

CarQuest keeps law nmowers outside.

“Ofc. Smith responded to the scene and found the witness had a good description of a vehicle which had left the scene and the two suspects who were in it,” Newlin said.

“While the officer was taking down the description, that vehicle drove by and was identified by the witness,” Newlin said.

Smith jumped in his police car, gave pursuit and stopped the vehicle at the corner of US 79 and Calhoun.

The two arrests followed. It was 5:58 a.m.

“It was one of the quicker cases cleared, from time of report to time of arrest,” Newlin said.

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