Christmas is always a different time of the year. In the police world, it will either slow down or speed up. These days it seems to speed up and this year was no exception. While we only had forty-five calls, the ones we had kept us busy. We did have a couple officers out on vacation and a couple out sick as well, so that added to our overall experience.
A good bit of our activity this past week involved all the new construction in town. We had two incidents at the Saddle Ridge Subdivision (behind the Best Western). Keep in mind that there are about twenty-five or more homes under construction; no one lives out there yet. Early Tuesday morning Ofc. Pena and Ofc. A. Lopez located a vehicle with a trailer and the person admitted he was “looking for wood.” Lucky for us he didn’t have a chance to steal anything yet, but unlucky for him he had a warrant out of Comal Co. So, he went to jail. On Sunday night at about 7 PM Ofc. A. Lopez observed a vehicle enter with a trailer, by the time he got back there to check it out the guy already loaded up a bunch of Hardie plank. His accomplice fled on foot. The driver was arrested for theft and booked into the jail. Excellent job to Officers S. Pena and A. Lopez.
But that wasn’t all…. There are three new duplexes under construction across from the Lytle ISD Administration building and they were hit by thieves. They made off with two ovens and a microwave.
These crooks are treating our growing town like an after-hours Home Depot with no one manning the registers.
We also took a report of a stolen bicycle from Laredo St. This is about the third one of these in recent memory. Stolen bicycles had become a rarity; I’m not sure the reason for the sudden uptick. All this climate change talk may have our crooks thinking about ways to cut down on our carbon footprint.
We had a few other arrests as well. A traffic stop resulted in a cite and release for possession of drug paraphernalia. A disturbance on First St. resulted in a female being arrested for Assault Causing Bodily Injury to a family member. She was booked into the Medina Co. Jail. Sgt. Hanson responded to H.E.B. Plus and arrested a shoplifter that tried to get away with about $200 worth of product. She had a delightful selection of rib-eye steaks as well as an assortment of other items. She’s from Pearsall but she prefers our H.E.B. to the one there or maybe it’s because she had four active warrants out of Frio County for her arrest. She was booked into the Atascosa Co. Jail. The other arrest last week was for a DWI, Ofc. A. Lopez conducted a traffic stop on Oak St. and arrested the driver for DWI 2nd. He was booked into the Atascosa Co. Jail.
News Flash! The discharge of fireworks in the city limits is prohibited by ordinance. To report fireworks please call the Atascosa Co. Dispatcher in Jourdanton and request a Lytle PD officer. They can be reached at 830-769-3434, option #1. We would prefer to not issue any citations and have no complaints. We like it when we are all one big happy family.
I have been out of the office for a few days, I was either suspended or out because of a possible COVID exposure. Either way I am back and catching up. I would probably go with the COVID exposure, who in the world would be lucky enough to get suspended over a long Christmas weekend?