Burglar hits local business, takes $700 in merchandise

A local business was hit by a burglar Friday, losing about $700 in merchandise.

Lt. J. D. Newlin of the Rockdale Police Department said Rockdale Welding Supply lost numerous items, including a grinder, hand power tools and “new tools still in the box.”

“Someone gained entry through the shop in back of the building and made their way into the front, which is the retail part of the business,” Newlin said.

Anyone with information on the burglar y is asked to call Milam County CrimeStoppers at 1-888-697-TIPS, or Rockdale police at 446-3436.

WARR ANT—Newlin said a warrant alleging sexual assault has been issued for Derek David, 17, of Rockdale.

“The offense involved a 16-yearold female and we are expecting the suspect to turn himself in,” Newlin said.

ARRESTS—Kenneth Eugene Smith, 25, of Rockdale, was charged with a sex offender’s duty to register offense.

Bond was set at $20,000.

“He was supposed to have been living at a location in the county,” Newlin said. “ The arrest complaint states he has been living on Riley Street in Rockdale.”

Quentin Lamar Smith, 35, of Hearne, was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Bond was set at $5,000 and he was fined $389.

OFFENSES—Police are investigating several thefts, including a rifle taken from a house and report of a vandalized house.

Newlin said one counterfeit $20 bill and one counterfeit $10 bill were reported to police during the past week.

WARRANTS—Police served three local warrants during the past week, along with one from the Bell County Sheriff’s Department.

ACCIDENT—Police said vehicles operated by Padraic Sieber and Donna Muse, both of Rockdale, were in collision at 5:56 p.m. Friday at the West Cameron (US 79)-Calhoun intersection.

Damage estimates were not available from police.

CITATIONS—Police said citations issued during the past week included 26 for speeding, seven for no insurance, five for expired registration, three for running a stop sign, two each for parking violation and driving on the wrong side of the roadway and one each for failure to report change of name or address, failure to display driver’s license, violation of child safety restraint requirement and child left unattended in vehicle.

One citation was issued for animal at large and one for curfew violation.

SERV ICE CA LLS—Police responded to 158 calls for service during the past week along with 99 calls 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.

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