61 service calls

Here we are, already in 2022. After 2020 and 2021 I am afraid to ask what 2022 has in store for us. I start thinking this COVID pandemic is behind us and all the sudden there is another surge or variant. It’s like a friend who constantly wants to borrow money and you can’t get rid of them. All joking aside, we have lost a lot of people too soon.
The first weekly report of 2022! Officers managed sixty-one calls for service for 7-day period that ended on Sunday (1/2/2022). On the traffic enforcement side officers conducted 110 traffic stops, those stops resulted in eighty-nine citations and twenty-one warnings. Officers were out in force over the holiday weekend. Fortunately, we didn’t have any DWI arrests or alcohol related crashes this past week.
What about other police activity? We only had two property crimes reported last week. Patriot Gas on Main St. reported that somebody got into one of their buildings and made off with a gas-powered trencher and the small trailer it was on. I’m sure our crook knew what he was going after. It is red and is the type that you walk behind (Barreto brand). A trencher was on somebody’s Christmas list, and they didn’t get one, so they decided to take matters into their own hands. I “pity the fool” (as Mr. T would say) that took this trencher. The guy that owns that place is a first-rate detective. His truck was stolen from there several years back, he drove around for weeks looking for it until he found it in a parking lot with a person behind the wheel.
The second property crime: Officers were dispatched to Great Clips for a report of a theft of a haircut (first one of those that I can recall). The person later returned to pay for it. I’m glad that one got settled, I believe the evidence had already been swept up.
Arrests: Officers conducted three traffic stops that resulted in the driver being cited and released for possession of drug paraphernalia. Another traffic stop resulted in the driver being arrested for a theft warrant out of Medina Co.
Special thanks to Atascosa Co. Sheriff David Soward for the use of their Tactical Team last week. They served a high-risk warrant on a suspect who had assaulted his 91-year-old father the week before. He was taken into custody without any problems. It was a great resource for us, our staffing was limited, and those guys had the training and equipment to get the job done. Twenty years ago, I would have kicked the door down myself and taken the guy into custody single-handedly. That is my version of a “walking up hills both ways in the snow to school” story.
If you thought Lytle was under attack on New Year’s Eve…you are not alone. Surprisingly, officers only received five calls for fireworks violations. I would estimate that we received one call for each one million fireworks that were set off. I had three officers out and they were all over the place, but they were outnumbered. Fortunately, I am not aware of any fires or injuries in the city because of the fireworks.
The call of the week …. A caller wanted to report an accident that happened about a year ago! Well, the way things are going nowadays that’s not so strange.