Two Saturdays ago the Thorndale Dollar General Store was robbed at gunpoint. That’s not something that happens often in Milam County and there might have been some onlookers wondering if our law enforcement personnel could handle it.
Less than 11 hours after the robbery happened a suspect was in custody.
He was arrested in Rockdale. Thorndale Police Chief Martin Jackson put his finger directly on the prime reason for the quick action. “It was the cooperation we received from all of area law enforcement agencies, including the Rockdale Police Department, Milam County Sheriff’s Department and Department of Public Safety,” he said.
Thorndale police obtained a description of the suspect and the vehicle he drove away in.
These descriptions were shared with all law enforcement agencies in the area who immediately began looking for a suspect, or a vehicle, matching those descriptions.
About six hours after the robbery, patrolling Rockdale Sgt. Stephen Goodrich located a vehicle matching the description on a Rockdale street.
Police subsequently received a tip as to the location of the suspect. A couple of hours after midnight, five officers—three Rockdale policemen and a couple of state troopers—converged on the location and made the arrest.
Jackson, who has seen a great deal of enforcement operations in Texas and California over a career spanning several decades was profuse in his praise for the help.
“You’ve seen television shows where cases are solved by DNA and other techniques,” he said. “This one came about because of good solid police work by several agencies and cooperation between those agencies.”
Indeed. So much of investigation is unglamorous legwork, checking and re-checking information and leads and developing new ones. Not the stuff of slickly packaged crime shows.
It’s just what gets results in the real world. Thanks to the Milam law enforcement agencies who keep us safe.—M.B.