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Business, residential thefts reported during holidays

Thieves didn’t take the holidays off as Rockdale police investigated a series of thefts during the past week, including two at the same business.

Police Chief Thomas Harris said Call Communications, on west US 79, reported the thefts of two 10-foot trailers during the week.

“One was reported missing on Wednesday (Dec. 21), Harris said. “Then they called back on Friday and reported another one was gone.”

“We’re still not sure if it was two separate incidents or if both the trailers were taken on the first night,” Harris said.

Police are also investigating the theft of a laptop, rings and a DVD/VCR player from a Rockdale home.

A $50 theft reported by McDonald’s was cleared with the detention of a juvenile, Harris said.

CHAIN ATTACK—A 23-yearold Rockdale man was arrested an charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after police said a man was attacked with a chain before dawn on Christmas Day.

William Dane Hall remains in the Milam County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bond.

Harris said the victim was not seriously injured and refused treatment.

ARRESTS—Michael Rangel, 23, of Taylor, was arrested Dec. 21 and charged with possession of a controlled substance (less than one gram).

He was released after posting $5,000 bond.

Harris said the arrest was in connection with a Dec. 9 incident in which police sent a suspected crack pipe to the DPS Crime Lab for analysis.

“ The pipe came back positive and an arrest warrant was issued,” Harris said.

Tara Dawn Reagans, 47, of Rockda le wa s cha rged w it h unauthorized use of vehicle and criminal trespass after Saturday incidents involving two vehicles.

She remains in the county jail in lieu of $ 8,500 bond.

Kendra Linell Hancox, 35, of Rockdale was charged with theft of property ( less than $1,500) with prior convictions in connection with a shoplifting incident at Dollar General, according to Harris.

She was released after posting $6,000 bond.

ACCIDENT—Police said one traffic accident was reported within the past seven days inside the Rockdale city limits.

Vehicles driven by Jose Aboytes, 31, and Basilio Salazar, 64, both of Rockdale, were in collision at 4:19 p.m. Monday at the corner of Brazos and Murray, according to police.

Damage estimates were not available from police.

WARRANTS—Police served 12 Rockdale warrants during the past week, three each for failure to maintain financial responsibility and failure to appear, two each for driving while license invalid and no rabies vaccination and one each for speeding and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police also served a Bell County warrant for driving while license invalid with previous conviction.

CITATIONS—Traffic citations issued during the past week included 41 for speeding, 11 for no MVI sticker, nine for expired license plates, eight for no liability insurance, four for failure to maintain financial responsibility, three for driving while license invalid and one each for child not properly restrained, expired driver’s license, no driver’s license and unattended child left in vehicle.

SERVICE CALLS—During the past week, police responded to 139 total calls for service and 107 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 tips leading to arrest and conviction of persons responsible for crimes.

All calls to CrimeStoppers are anonymous.

No one will ask your name and you will be assigned a number.


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