Tattoo, scar, sharp-eyed cop net burglary arrest

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Rockdale police made a unique burglary arrest Thursday when sharp-eyed Ofc. Steven Cooper recognized some telltale marks on a local man while serving as bailiff in Rockdale Municipal Court.

Daniel Wayne Tovar, 27, of Rockdale, was charged with burglary of a building and bond surrender on a previous charge of debit/credit card abuse.

“For several weeks we had been working a case involving a barn break-in,” Lt. J. D. Newlin said. “Nothing was taken but the owner put up a surveillance camera in case it happened again.”

It did.

“We got some good surveillance footage of a male subject, inside the barn, using his cell phone light to search around in there, looking for something to steal,” Newlin said.

“There were a couple of very distinctive things about him, a unique tattoo and a scar on his head,” Newlin said.

Fast forward to Thursday. One of the Rockdale Police Department’s duties is to provide an officer to serve as bailiff for Judge Jerry Waggoner’s Municipal Court, held at City Hall.

Cooper was serving in that capacity on Thursday.

“He looks around and what does he see but a man with a tattoo and a head scar that he’s seen somewhere before,” Newlin said.

Cooper put two and two together. Tovar was arrested that night. Bond was denied on the burglary of a building charge and set at $5,000 on the bond surrender charge.

Tovar remains incarcerated in the Milam County Law Enforcement Center in Cameron.

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