51 calls, one arrest

We closed out last week with 51 calls for service. We have enjoyed some cool weather and time is flying by. It seems like everyone is already making Thanksgiving and Christmas plans too. In my world that means officers are already poking around to see if they might be off on Christmas or New Years Eve.
We only had one arrest; it was for shoplifting at H.E.B. Plus. A female attempted to leave the store without paying for about $150 worth of items (mostly cosmetics). She was booked into the Atascosa Co. Jail. This occurred on Sunday night, so we almost made it through the week without an arrest.
Reported property crimes were minimal. Here you go: #1 – A mini-storage on Main St. was burglarized. The only thing missing was about $300 in liquor. Through the years I have taken a lot of mini-storage theft reports with just about everything imaginable in them. This is the first time I have seen that reported. They might have taken more stuff, but I bet the crooks saw the liquor and turned away from their stealing ways to have a party. #2 – An abandoned house and shed on Bank St. was the victim of graffiti. Someone spray-painted on it. The location was very close to the liquor burglary so I guess our thieves could have got “liquored up” and spray painted the house. Anything is possible.
TXDOT has been working on the red light at the intersection of McDonald St. and the IH-35 Access Road. This is the one closest to H.E.B. There have been some problems with the light hanging up on red and not cycling through. Hopefully, this will get worked out. So, if, at times, the light seemed long it wasn’t just your imagination.
All reports indicate the City-Wide Clean Up last Saturday was a success. All three of the roll-off dumpsters were filled up and over 20 bags of trash were picked up from around town. Special thanks to the 14 volunteers who made this event happen. Councilman David Emery said that another similar event will take place in the spring. I don’t suggest holding on to your trash until then, but you can help spread the word when a date gets set. It would be nice to have double the volunteers and add a roll-off or two. I couldn’t participate this time, but I plan on being there for the next one.
The big news around town is the Lytle High School Band. They did well in Hondo this past Saturday and will be advancing to the Area U.I.L. Marching competition in Beeville. I know they would like a big send-off when they head out of town (we don’t know when yet). I couldn’t play an instrument or march very well, so I sure couldn’t do them both at the same time. I wasn’t athletic enough for sports either, I guess my talents fall under the “to be determined” column.