Here is the weekly update of all things Lytle PD. Officers handled 45 calls for service and conducted 33 traffic stops. Citations finished out the week on top with 24 while warnings totaled 9.
There was a good variety of property crimes reported last week. We had a F250 Pickup stolen off of Norvell St. on Monday, on Wednesday it was recovered on a traffic stop on Highway 16 just inside Atascosa Co. Someone broke into two vehicles at Quicksilver Automotive, nothing was taken. HEB Plus had someone push out a basket of groceries and the HEB C-Store reported that someone took off with 4 cell phone charges valued at $70. Lytle True Value reported a theft of a Dewalt 18V reciprocating saw, the incident occurred on Nov. 10. They were able to ID the suspect now so they reported it to us. Somebody even tried to get in the propane tank cage at the Dollar General but all the tanks were empty so they got nothing! You sure can tell it’s getting close to Christmas; everybody (including the crooks) are out doing their shopping.
The crime of the week was a theft that occurred at St. Andrew Catholic Church on Main St. Some unknown crook busted the lock of the donation box and made off with an unknown amount of cash. They didn’t take it all though, they left about $21 behind. Maybe our thief got $210 and the $21 he left behind was his 10% tithe? Maybe there was only $21 in there and he/she had second thoughts about “cashing in” on money donated to the church. We might never know.
The Lytle Chamber of Commerce’s Community Christmas (formerly Blue Santa) got a big boost thanks to the Reguladores Law Enf. Motorcycle Club (Atascosa Heat Chapter). They stopped by the police station and dropped off a check for $500. That will go a long way in providing Christmas gifts for children that otherwise may wake up to no presents on Christmas morning.
Lt. Dear and I spent most of last week attending a fire marshal conference in Pasadena. It’s a great conference and this year there were about 250 attendees. I would like to say it was real exciting but 20 hours of fire pumps, flammable liquids/gasses, and emergency exits can only be so exciting. As an added bonus we did have the Santa Fe ISD Police Chief provide a presentation about the tragic school shooting and lessons learned. Of course no trip to Pasadena would be complete without visiting Gilley’s, or at least driving by where it once was (I was 11 when Urban Cowboy hit the big screen).
Special thanks to Union Pacific Railroad Special Agent Louis Tudyk for bringing by some colorful UPRR calendars. When a train breaks down and blocks all the crossings I always think to myself “at least we get some cool calendars.”