Phony shoplifting report leads to arrest of Caldwell woman

Police said a shoplifting report at Walmart Friday turned out to have been accurate but in a somewhat convoluted way.

The person who turned in the report was arrested and charged with felony theft.

Crystal Cherie Prise, 26, of Caldwell was arrested by Burleson County authorities and was booked into the Milam County Jail for theft of property ($1,500 or more) with two or more convictions.

She was released from the county jail after posting $3,500 bond.

Newlin said the incident began when a woman, pushing a shopping cart loaded with a chainsaw and floor jack rolled up to Walmart checkout and reported a shoplifting incident in the store.

“When the Walmart employees went to investigate, she pushed the shopping card, loaded with the merchandise, out the door,” Newlin said.

Police said the store’s surveillance cameras captured the incident.

“Ofc. Sterling Sheppard remembered the suspect as someone he had investigated in a previous shoplifting incident,” Newlin said. “That led to our obtaining an arrest warrant and the arrest being made by the Burleson County authorities.”

Newlin said the arrest is a felony because of previous convictions.

WARRANT— Police are searching for a sex offender after they said he moved without notifying proper authorities.

Newlin said a warrant alleging failure to register annually for life as a sex offender has been issued for Richard Lang.

“He was previously a resident of an RV park on East Cameron (US 79),” Newlin said.

OFFENSES—Police said a window unit air conditioner, television and DVD player were taken in a burglary of a residence.

Police are also investigating a break-in of a garage, a pair of assaults, a theft, two simple assaults, a report of harassment and a criminal trespass.

ACCIDENTS—Police were called to a one-vehicle accident at 5:08 a.m. Aug. 28 at the Rainbow Courts.

Police said a pickup operated by Joshua Kyle Gw yn, 33, of Rockdale struck a protective post by a natural gas meter.

No damage estimates were available from police.

A two-vehicle accident was reported at 5:47 p.m. Friday in front of the Regency Inn on US 77.

Drivers were listed as Elijah Wright, 48, of Lexington and Clinton Williams, 39, of Hampton, Arkansas.

Vehicle damages were not available from police.

At 4:15 a.m. Saturday, police responded to a report of a vehicle striking a utility pole in the 810 block of Ackerman.

Driver was listed as Hollie Vargas, 16, of Rockdale.

Police termed vehicle damages as “extensive.”

WARRANTS—Police served two warrants during the past seven days, one for the Milam County Sheriff’s Department for assault causing bodily injury and one for the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department for failure to appear/driving while license invalid with previous conviction.

CITATIONS—During the past week, police issued 32 citations for speeding, six for failure to maintain financial responsibility, four each for driving while license invalid and no MVI sticker, two for failure to yield right-of-way and one each for expired driver’s license, no driver’s license, no seat belt use, violation of open container law, operating a vehicle with expired license plates and violation of driver’s license restriction code.

One citation was issued for animal at large.

SERVICE CALLS—Police responded to 148 total service calls during the past week, along with 108 through the 911 emergency system.

CRIME STOPPERS—Tips on any crime listed above, or any other crime, may be phoned in to Milam County, toll-free, at 1-888-697-TIPS (8477).

A reward of up to $1,000 may be paid for tips.

All calls to the CrimeStoppers system are anonymous.

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