The owner of this vacant home east of Houston has painted a message to would-be thieves on its side. Texas County Sheriff's Department deputies frequently deal with cases involving theft of copper and other metal, including one that took place last week.

The following are matters dealt with last week by the sheriff’s department:

Feb. 15

–A Houston man called to report that someone was continuously calling his Mineral Drive residence and wouldn’t stop.

When an investigating officer arrived at the location, the man said the calling had stopped, and he didn’t need any help.

Feb. 16

–An officer reported Feb. 12 he had received a report from a 50-year-old Raymondville man who claimed to have seen a 62-year-old Raymondville man steal rolls of copper wire from behind his store.

The officer made contact with the suspect on Feb. 16, who reportedly stated that he had been to the business on the day of the theft, but that he did not get out of his vehicle because he is on oxygen.

The man stated his son might have stolen the wire. The investigation continues.

–An officer was dispatched to a storage business on U.S. 60 at Cabool regarding a reported burglary.

The 46-year-old male owner of the business stated that he had found the door to a unit open during a routine inspection. The 21-year-old male renter of the unit told the officer that items with a total value of $1,325 had been stolen, including a white gold wedding ring valued at $500, several pieces of electronics, some tools and other jewelry.

There are no suspects.

Feb. 17

–A 41-year-old Licking man reported a vehicle had trespassed on his mother’s Boiling Springs Road residence.

The man provided an investigating officer the vehicle’s license plate number, and it was registered to a Licking woman.

The man stated that he didn’t know if anything had been stolen, and he didn’t know why the woman had been there.

–A Houston woman reported that a man had been kicking her car and some garbage cans at her Northview Lane residence. An investigating officer reported that he was unable to locate the man and did not observe any damage on the car or trash cans.

Feb. 18

–An officer was dispatched at about 7:40 p.m. to a Highway 17 residence in Bucyrus after neighbors had reported hearing gunfire.

A 46-year-old female at the scene told the officer that she and a 38-year-old man had been firing a shotgun and that the property owners had given them permission to do target practice on their land.

The officer advised the woman that neighbors were concerned. The officer stated he was unable to determine whether any law had been broken.

–An officer was dispatched to a Simmons Drive residence at Cabool regarding a report of a dog causing problems.

The 54-year-old man who had called in the complaint told the officer that a dog owned by his 50-year-old female neighbor had growled at him and been chasing his cats, and that the same type of thing had been going on for several months.

The officer spoke to the neighbor, who claimed that the man’s dog had been doing the same thing on her property.

The officer warned both parties to control their dogs.

Feb. 20

–An officer reported Feb. 18 he had been dispatched to a Highway 137 residence at Raymondville regarding a domestic disturbance.

The officer stated that the 50-year-old woman and 52-year-old man living there gave conflicting statements about what had happened.

The man reportedly said that the woman had thrown things at him, punched him twice in the ribs, and threatened him with a candle.

The woman reportedly claimed that the man had started yelling at her, and had approached her in a threatening manner, but that she had used a remote control to push him away, and then used a door to push him outside.

The man agreed to leave for the night, and the officer took him to a motel.

–A 49-year-old Mountain Grove woman reported that three people had entered her Business U.S. 60 residence without permission.

The woman told an investigating officer that a 36-year-old Cabool man, a 21-year-old Mountain Grove woman and a juvenile male of unreported age had come through an unlocked exterior door and into her bedroom. She stated the three would not leave until she had a relative come to her aid.

The woman stated she is a registered nurse at a nursing home where the 36-year-old man works as a CNA, and that she is his supervisor.

The woman did not report anything stolen, and stated she didn’t wish to prosecute the unwelcome trio. Texas County Jail admissions

Feb. 15

Davi L. Duncan – 48-hour commitment

Feb. 16

Lamar D. Benton – parole violation

Charee L. Goodwin – non-support

Feb. 17

Terry W. White – stealing, leaving scene, DWI (Licking PD)

Harry A. Scheina III – house for Shannon County

Carla L. Deadmond – passing bad checks under $500

Charles D. Brown – second-degree burglary

Ira J. Ridgley – 48-hour commitment

Feb. 18

Michelle L. Dewolfe – 24-hour commitment

Audrey A. Yarbor – driving while license revoked, failure to appear

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