Police probe theft of $8,000 in rings from pawn shop

A momentary distraction Saturday proved to be a costly one for a Rockdale business.

Lt. J. D. Newlin said a box of rings valued at $8,000 were taken in an audacious theft at National Pawn & Jewelry.

“The clerk was distracted for a moment and someone reached around and took the box of rings,” Newlin said.


A 68-year-old Rockdale man was arrested Monday in connection with an incident in which a wallet, containing $150 was stolen.

Newlin said Walter Lee McMeans was charged with theft of property and was released after posting $500 bond.

Newlin said the wallet and cash were recovered.


Newlin said a tow truck hitch was reported stolen from a vehicle parked on the Walmart lot.

Also under investigation is an incident in which a 24-pack of beer was taken from a convenience store.

A grader and cordless drill was taken from a front porch during the week.

Police said an air conditioner was taken from a house.

No items were reported taken when a suspect entered a barn off Main Street without permission, according to police,


No injuries were reported in two traffic accidents investigated by police over the past week.

Vehicles operated by James Shuemate of Eustace and Sheila Carter of Corpus Christi were in collision at 6:16 a.m. July 14 on US 79 in front of the Kountry Inn.

Damage estimates were not available from police.

Police said a vehicle swerved to avoid hitting an animal at 1:10 a.m. Saturday at the Scarbrough- Murray intersection and struck a parked vehicle.

Driver was listed as Jon Debault 19 of Rockdale while owner of the parked car was Laura Marisol of Houston.

Damage estimates were not available from police


Citations issued during the past week included 18 for speeding, five for expired MVI sticker, two for no liability insurance and one each for violation of child safety restraints and expired registration.

Two citations for curfew violation and one for violation of city junked vehicle ordinance were issued during the week.

Service calls

Officers responded to 146 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.

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