Three arrests clear two months of car burglaries

Rockdale police are saying the arrests of three Rockdale residents last week have cleared about 20 vehicle burglaries, dating back to August.

Lt. J. D. Newlin said Jordan Deshun Dear y and Brandon Charles Cotton were arrested after an investigation by Ofcs. Stephen Goodrich and Steve Cooper.

Also arrested was a 16-year-old male juvenile.

Newlin said all were charged with engaging in organized criminal activity/burglary of a motor vehicle and engaging in organized criminal activity/theft of a firearm.

Deary and Cotton remain in the county jail in lieu of bond totaling $24,000.

The juvenile was turned over to juvenile authorities.

Newlin said vehicles were targeted in several areas of Rockdale with a high concentration of break-ins taking place in the northwest section of town.

A rif le taken in one vehicle burglary has been recovered, he said.

“The charge of engaging in organized criminal activity applies when three or more persons work together,” Newlin said.

The burglary spree prompted police to issue a warning several weeks ago asking residents to lock their cars.

“Even t houg h we’ve made arrests in this case, that’s still a good idea,” Newlin said

ARRESTS— The department’s newly instituted policy of checking on convicted sexual offenders within the city limits resulted in an arrest last week.

Stephen Marcus Cheney, 42, was charged with violation of sex offender’s duty to register and remains in the county jail in lieu of $10,000 bond.

Curtis Ware, 44, of Thorndale, was charged with possession of a prohibited substance in a correctional facility and was released after posting $15,000 bond.

OFFENSES— Police said a battery was thrown through the windshield of a vehicle parked at The Ranch during the past week.

Also under investigation is the theft of a bicycle.

Other offenses reported during the week included criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, harassment and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Police also filed charges in connection with making a false alarm or report, assault, disorderly conduct, harassment by telephone and driving without a license.

Police made an arrest on a Dallas County warrant.

WRECKS— No traffic accidents were reported within the Rockdale city limits during the past week.

CITATIONS— Citations issued during the past week included 19 for speeding, five each for no MVI sticker and driving while license invalid, four for failure to maintain financial responsibility and one each for failure to report change of address or name, no driver’s license, expired license plate, parking violation and running a stop sign.

SERVICE CALLS— Officers responded to 133 total calls for service during the week, and 81 through the 911 system.

CRIME STOPPERS— Tips on any crime listed above, or any other crime, 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 arrest and conviction of persons responsible for crimes.

All calls to CrimeStoppers are anonymous and no one will ask your name.

E-MAIL— Comments, tips or suggestions may be e-mailed to police at rockdalepd@rockdaleci

Click here for digital edition
2010-11-04 digital edition

Copyright 2009-2017 Rockdale Reporter, All Rights Reserved.

Special Sections

Special Sections