Wood County Sheriff’s Office
08/08/13 through 08/14/13
Deputies answered a total of 26 calls on this day including two welfare checks, six animal related calls, two civil calls and two suspicious vehicle calls.
Deputy Austin Cryer took a report from a complainant on CR 1688 who stated that a red Murraylawn mower was missing from that location. The lawnmower was valued at $350.
Sgt. William Burge took a report from a complainant on CR 3170 who stated that unknown persons had harvested timber from approximately one acre of his property without his consent. Burge noted that timber on the adjacent property had been harvested and was able to obtain information regarding permits issued to log trucks for that county road. The complainant stated that he did wish to pursue charges. The complainant estimated his loss at $5,000.
Deputy Dustin Moffett took a report from a complainant who stated that items had been stolen from a rental property he owns. Missing items included a gas stove and ladder. The complainant estimated his loss at $675 and believed the items were taken by former renters who had just vacated the residence. The case has been forwarded to an investigator.
Deputy Dustin Moffett was dispatched to a residence north of Quitman on SH 37 in reference to a burglary of a habitation. The complainant advised that he had been away from the residence for approximately one and a half days and had returned to find a back window broken and items inside the house scattered about. The complainant stated that items missing from the house included family photos and documents and he believed the burglary was committed by someone who knew he would be away from the residence. Photographs were taken of the scene and have been forwarded to CID for the development of leads.
Deputy Steven Fields arrested Shanda Gail Simmons, 31, of Yantis for the offense of criminal mischief following a call to Lake Fork Cabins. Upon his arrival on scene, Fields was informed that Simmons had broken the window in a trailer in an attempt to gain entry. Simmons admitted to breaking the window and was transported to jail and booked without incident.
Deputy David Hitt responded to a residential alarm at a residence on CR 4580 and arrived to find that unknown person(s) had entered the residence through a bathroom window and apparently exited the residence through the kitchen door after being scared off by the alarm. Information regarding possible suspect(s) was collected from the homeowner. Nothing was tampered with or taken from inside the residence.
Deputy Dustin Moffett responded to a report of a structure fire at Holiday Villages and arrived to find the fire department already on scene. Speaking with the homeowner, Moffett learned thatthe fire had apparently started after a tree stump, which had been smoldering for a week, ignited a small shed nearby. The fire spread from the small shed to a larger shed and eventually to the residence. Photographs were taken at the scene and the case was closed.
Deputy Donivan South responded to a burglary of a building call at Smith Chapel. Speaking with the complainant, South was informed that the back door of the church had been found standing open and had been damaged. The only thing deemed to be missing was approximately one dollar in change from a tithe jar. The damage estimate for the damaged door was listed at $200. This case was closed.
Sgt. Chris Turner took a report of forgery of a financial instrument from a walk-in complainant who stated that she had noticed three separate unauthorized transactions on her bank account. Each transaction was in the amount of $500. The complainant had already contacted her bank. A report was made for documentation purposes and forwarded to an investigator.
Deputy Donivan South was dispatched to the Golden Community Center where he took a report of burglary of a building from the caretaker. Unknown person(s) had apparently entered the center by force through the back door causing approximately $300 in damage. Empty food containers and cigarette butts were found scattered about the kitchen area. Nothing was deemed to be missing and a request was made for extra patrol. This case was closed.
Lt. Robert Holland and Deputy Josh Tawater were dispatched to New Hope Baptist Church on FM 1801 for a burglary of a building. Holland and Tawater noted that several exterior doors on the building had been pried open and multiple rooms had been rummaged through. Nothing was found to be missing from inside the church. This case has been forwarded to CID for investigation.
Deputy Aaron Warren was dispatched to a residence on CR 2100 for a burglary of a habitation. The complainant advised that unknown person(s) had entered her residence and removed a television and her purse. Entry was apparently gained through a door left unlocked for a family member. The complainant resides in an area separate from the main residence and upon checking the main residence, Warren discovered it had been burglarized also. Entry was gained by kicking in a door. The only items deemed missing from the main house was two televisions. Information was recorded regarding possible suspects. This case has been forwarded to an investigator.
Deputy Aaron Warren was dispatched to Macedonia Baptist Church on FM 778 in reference to a possible burglary. Warren arrived and met with the church’s pastor who advised that he had arrived to find the church’s side door kicked in. Nothing was observed to be missing from inside the church and damage estimate was given at $100.00. The case has been forwarded to CID for more investigation.
Deputy Steven Fields was dispatched to CR 1943 for a theft report. The complainant stated that he had discovered items missing from his boat including two Lowrance fish finders, sevenDuckette rods, two Shimano Curato reels and five Lews reels. Total value of the missing items was listed as $4,655. This case is now in the hands of investigators.
Deputy Steven Fields was dispatched to Mt. Shiloh Baptist Church
Lt. Robert Holland took a burglary of a habitation report from a residence on CR 3836. Entry into the residence was gained when unknown person(s) pushed in a window A/C unit and entered through the hole it created. Items missing from the residence include a jewelry box containing approximately $2,000 worth of jewelry. This case has been forwarded to CID for further investigation.
Deputy Heather Bailey responded to a residence on CR 2375 for a burglary of a habitation. Upon arrival Bailey met with the homeowner who advised she had arrived home to find her front door had been kicked open and her back shed was also open. Nothing was found to be missing from either the home or shed. This case was forwarded to an investigator.
Deputy Steven Fields responded to a residence on FM 1801 for a burglary of a habitation. Fields met with the homeowner who stated that she had left the residence for approximately two hours and returned to find several items missing including a laptop computer, two jewelry boxes, and two TVs. No forced entry was used as the door was left unlocked. Information was recorded at the scene regarding a possible suspect and the case is now in the hands of investigators.
Deputies Josh O’Grady and David Hitt were dispatched to a residence on CR 2952 for a possible burglary in progress. The deputies arrived to find that the reported suspect vehicle had already left the scene. Several items were missing from the residence including firearms, personal papers and a game console. Entry was apparently gained through a back sliding glass door which was broken out. This case has been forwarded to investigators who will work to develop leads.
Lt. Robert Holland and Deputy Steven Fields were dispatched to a residence on CR 2786 for a burglary of a habitation. The complainant stated that he had arrived home to find that the front door of his residence had been forced open and several items were missing from inside including a gun safe that contained multiple guns. Investigators also responded to the scene to collect possible items of evidentiary value. This case, along with the other burglaries, will be worked by a team of investigators.
Deputy Austin Cryer was dispatched to a residence on Hwy 80 in the Hawkins area for a burglary of a habitation. The complainant stated that he had arrived home to find that his front door had been pried open and items were missing from inside the residence. The missing items include two TV’s and one firearm. This case, along with the others, is in the hands of investigators.
Sgt. Sam Threadgill and Lt. Robert Holland responded to a residence on CR 2376 for a report of burglary of a habitation. The complainant advised that she had arrived home to find thatunknown person(s) had entered the home through a door at the rear of the home which had sustained damage consistent with being kicked open. Several items were missing from inside including firearms and electronic equipment. This case is now in the hands of investigators.
Deputy Dustin Moffett took a report of burglary of a building from a complainant on CR 1802. The complainant stated that several items, including a welder, generator, a chainsaw and a 36” Port-a-Cool were missing from a shed on his property. The complainant also stated that the lock had not been cut but the screws had been removed. Also stolen from the property were a black 5x8 trailer, a blue E-Z Go golf cart, and a red Kawasaki Mule. The complainant’s truck had also been burglarized when thieves gained access by prying open the sunroof. The only item missing from inside the truck was cash. A tool box was taken from the bed of the truck. This case will also be worked by investigators.
Also this week, a Wood County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigator flew with the DPS chopper, piloted by Lt. Marc Tomerlin, in a co-operative effort with the Department of Public Safety to observe suspected areas for marijuana fields. As part of the Sheriff’s pro-active fight against drugs, these fly-overs will be conducted periodically during the growing season.
The Wood County Sheriff’s Office, East Texas Auto Task Force, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Dive Team, Wood County Commissioner Pct. 2 Jerry Gaskill and members of the Quitman Volunteer Fire Department spent Thursday morning at the main boat ramp at Lake Holbrook where a submerged truck had been discovered. Game Ward Derek Spitzer and Mike Gilmore of the Wood County Sheriff’s Office were able to attach a cable and the older model Ford truck was pulled from the lake. Within about an hour of the truck being removed from the water the Auto Task Force informed Sheriff Brown the truck was reported stolen out of Van Zandt County in 1985.
Wood County Crime Stoppers is seeking information regarding the rash of home invasion burglaries and church burglaries that occurred during the past week. There is intelligence that indicates the burglaries of the homes were committed during daylight house. The Sheriff requeststhat if and when you see any suspicious vehicles or persons in your neighborhood, please notify the Sheriff’s Office immediately. Be a good neighbor – and request that your neighbors do the same.
If you have any information about these burglaries, or any other criminal activity, you are encouraged to call 903-763-CASH (2274). Give only your information – you do not have to give your name. Crime Stoppers pays up to $1,000 for information.
Agency Assist (10)
Animal General (6)
ATV on Roadway (1)
Burglary of a Building (8)
Burglary of a Habitation (8)
Burglary of a Motor Vehicle (1)
Child Abuse (1)
Child Custody (6)
Child Endangerment ()
Cows Out (7)
Credit Card Abuse (1)
Criminal Mischief (3)
Criminal Trespass (7)
Cruelty of Animals (1)
Dog Problem (5)
Domestic Disturbance (3)
Found Property (1)
Horses Out (6)
Identity Theft (1)
Indecent Exposure (1)
Lost Property (1)
Missing Person (2)
Noise Disturbance (2)
Open Door (1)
Phone Harassment (5)
Request to Speak to Officer (18)
Shots Fired (3)
Structure Fire (3)
Suspicious Activity (4)
Suspicious Person (5)
Suspicious Vehicle (6)
Terroristic Threat (1)
Traffic Stop (7)
Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle (3)
Welfare Check (12)
Call Summary by Area
Current Jail Population130