Woman charged with theft of $30,000 cash from home

A 50-year-old Rockdale woman was arrested Friday and charged with stealing $30,000 in cash from a Rockdale home.

Kelley Michelle Hernandez was arrested after an investigation by Officers Stephen Goodrich and Steven Cooper. She was charged with theft of property ($20,000 to $100,000) and remains in the county jail in lieu of $30,000 bond.

Lt. J. D. Newlin said the cash was being kept in the home of a Rockdale man. “She had access to that home,” Newlin said.

Newlin said police “don’t really know” over what time frame the cash was taken.

Police have not recovered the missing money, he said.

911 calls

A juvenile made 31 phony 911 calls to Rockdale police on Sunday.

“It was the same kid every time,” Newlin said. “It appeared the calls came over a cell phone that had been disconnected from everything but the 911 service.”

Newlin said the incident was more annoying than serious. “It was during a time when not much was going on,” he said.

“The calls had to have come from somewhere in south Milam County,” Newlin said.


Samatra Iwania Beckwith, 34, of Rockdale, was arrested Sunday on a bond surrender charge on an original charge of credit card/debit card surrender.

She remains in the county jail in lieu of $5,000 bond.


Police are investigating the theft of a tiller from a front porch during the past week.

Others thefts reported during the week include an air conditioner, a Playstation video game console and $125 in cash,

One wreck

Police investigated one traffic accident during the past week.

Vehicles operated by Jacqueline Morago and Larry White were in collision at 9:33 a.m. July 6 near the Cameron (US 79)-Green intersection.

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


Police served seven local warrants during the past week, ranging from failure to appear to animal at large.


Citations issued during the past week included 24 for speeding, five for violating the city’s junked vehicle ordinance, three each for driving while license invalid, no driver’s license, no MVI sticker and operating vehicle with expired license plates, two for failure to maintain financial responsibility and one each for disregarding official traffic control device, disregarding a no-passing zone, failure to report change of name/address, no seat belt and passing with insufficient clearance.

Service calls

Officers responded to 138 total calls for service during the week, including 105 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).

A reward of up to $1,000 may be paid for information leading to arrest and conviction.

All tips are anonymous and no one will ask your name.

Police may be e-mailed at rockdalepd@rockdalecity hall. com.

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