Texas County deputies recently handled several investigations. 

The following are excerpts of reports generated by the Texas County Sheriff’s Department:

•A Willow Springs man called at about 4:20 a.m. Dec. 25 to report that a suspicious vehicle was parked in the driveway of his Highway Y residence.

An investigating officer made contact with a man in the parked vehicle, who stated he was homeless and getting some sleep. The officer sent the man on his way and advised him not to park in peoples’ driveways when he wanted to sleep.

•A deputy on Dec. 26 investigated a report of theft at Walt’s convenience store at Roby.

A woman who works there told the officer four full propane tanks with a total value of $240 had been stolen from a rack outside the store. There are no suspects.

•A deputy was dispatched Dec. 26 regarding a report of a stolen UTV at a Highway AF residence at Licking.

Before arriving at the residence, the officer observed a red UTV in a ditch next to Highway 32 about a mile west of Licking. A Licking police officer said he had heard the vehicle drive by his house at about 7:40 p.m., and then saw it in the ditch at about 10:30 p.m.

The owner of the UTV was contacted and retrieved it. There are no suspects, and investigation of the case continues.

•A Licking man called at about 11 a.m. Dec. 26 to report a burglary at his Sackett Road residence.

The man told an investigating officer someone broke in through the back door and swiped toy cars valued at $50 and a wheelchair battery valued at $100. There are no suspects.

•A 59-year-old Hartshorn man reported on Dec. 18 that $4,500 had been stolen from his Perry Lane residence.

The man told an investigating officer he suspected his 28-year-old stepson, who lives in Pomona, because the man’s aggressive dog will not allow anyone in the house, but likes the stepson and would let him in.

•A Cabool woman reported seeing lights at her Highway PP residence just before midnight Dec. 22. An investigating officer was unable to locate any suspects and nothing unusual was observed on the woman’s video surveillance system.

•A Houston woman called at about 9:15 p.m. Dec. 22 to report someone she didn’t know was knocking on the door of her residence at a Northview Lane trailer park.

An investigating officer made contact with a man in the area who said he was knocking because he was looking for someone. The officer advised the man to stay away from the woman’s trailer.

•A Raymondville woman called at about 11 p.m. Dec. 22 to report gunfire on Vollmer Road.

The woman told an investigating officer she suspected someone was road hunting. The officer was unable to locate anyone.

•A man called Dec. 22 to report finding a tote containing drug paraphernalia and a sawed-off shotgun in a remote area near Hartzog Road at Plato.

The man took an investigating officer to where the container was, and the officer observed several items in it, including a gold Babe Ruth baseball card, multiple silver coins, a gram of meth, a sawed-off shotgun, several bags containing marijuana seeds and several smoking devices.

The items were taken as evidence, but how the tote got there isn’t known.   

Texas County Jail admissions

Dec. 20

Norma V. Rabun – drug charge

Dec. 21

Matthew D. Wood – 24-hour commitment

Michael D. McLain – DWI

Melvin D. Brown – Camden County hold

Dec. 22

Tyler J. Davis – 48-hour commitment

Israel Casares – Howell County hold

Phoebe H. Barnum – failure to register as sex offender

Dec. 23

Ethan K. Light – bond surrender

Vikki L. Hebert – writ

Dec. 24

Edwin E. Allen – possession of controlled substance

Dec. 25

Scotty D. Gately – Phelps County hold 

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