Last of four suspects arrested from Walmart theft and chase

The last of four suspects from an Oct. 3 incident at Walmart was arrested Monday at a Rockdale location.

Lt. J. D. Newlin said Benjamin Feitl, 24, was charged with evading arrest on foot and theft ($50 to $500).

He remains in custody at the Milam County Jail, Cameron.

Just after 10 a.m. Oct. 3, police were advised “four white males” had left Walmart without paying for a computer. A description of their vehicle was broadcast and area law enforcement agencies were alerted.

“Two of them were inside with a shopping cart and the other two were outside in the car, pulling up to the front of the building,” Newlin said. “The two inside had the electronics in a cart, then quickly wheeled it out and loaded the merchandise.”

Minutes later Rockdale Police Chief Thomas Harris, just north of town on FM 908, spotted a vehicle matching the description and attempted to stop it. Harris said the driver sped up and attempted to elude him.

A high-speed chase ensued on FM 908 and County Road 302 during which contact was lost. A passer-by reported the car had crashed at the FM 487-FM 1600 intersection and four men had fled into the woods on foot.

Officers from numerous agencies converged on the scene. Two were arrested at the scene and a third was picked up on Thursday “hiding in a residence on East Cameron Avenue (US 79),” according to Newlin.

“Baggies containing substances believed to be drugs were found,” Newlin said. “Some of the results from lab testing have come back and that’s where the drug charge on Dellerman comes from. Other drug cases may be pending.”

Newlin said a desktop computer was recovered from the car along with a box containing a computer bundle including a central processing unit and accessories including a monitor, mouse and keyboard.

Previously arrested were:

• Logan Dellerman, 23, identified as the driver, charged with evading arrest on foot, evading arrest by vehicle, theft ($50 to $500) and possession of a controlled substance (less than one gram), bond totaling $50,000.

• Diamond Ramos, 25, evading arrest on foot, theft ($50 to $500), bond totaling $20,000.

• Tyler Phillips, 17, evading arrest on foot, theft ($50 to $500), bond totaling $20,000.

ARREST—In the week’s only other felony arrest, 37-year-old Dusty Dawn Morin of Rockdale was charged with credit card/ debut card abuse on Sunday.

Bond was denied.

CRASHES—Police said a vehicle operated by Markham Kennedy of Rockdale was in collision with a parked vehicle owned by Tammy Leopold of Rockdale at 7:34 p.m. Sunday in the 200o block of Post Oak.

Damages were termed minor.

No damage reportss were available in connection with a 3:11 p.m. Saturday incident involving vehicles operated by Jonathan Guzman and Curtis Faust, both of Rockdale.

Police said at 9:24 p.m. Friday a vehicle operated by Robert Springer of Rockdale was in collision with a tree in the 500 block of West Cameron (US 79).

OFFENSES—Police are investigating an incident in which a purse was reported taken from the State Health Department office in Rockdale.

Other offenses under investigation during the past week include theft, burglary and assault.

CITATIONS—Traffic tickets issued during the past week included 16 for speeding, three each for failure to maintain financial responsibility and driving while license invalid, two each for disregarding traffic control device and no valid MVI sticker and one each for expired driver’s license, failure to yield right of way and operating a vehicle with expired license plates.

SERVICE CALLS—Police responded to 172 calls during the past week and there were 132 calls received through the 911 system.

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