Four arrests, two felony thefts

Our officers responded to/or generated a total 61 service calls this past week. Our call numbers have been “trending” up lately, I’m not sure why. L.P.D. officers conducted 31 traffic stops this past week. The breakdown between citations and warnings was almost an even split with 16 stops resulting in citations and 15 resulting in warnings.
This last week we applied the metal bracelets to three people and made the trip to the county jail, we even took one to the juvenile detention facility so they wouldn’t feel left out. One adult was booked on trespassing, he had numerous warnings not to return to the H.E.B. C-Store. One adult was arrested and one juvenile detained at the scene of a domestic violence call, they both picked up a charge of assault causing bodily injury to a family member. Lastly, Sgt. Hanson conducted a traffic stop and found the driver to have an active felony warrant out of Frio Co.
We had two property crimes and they were both felony level. The first was the theft of a 2009 Chevy p/u, attached was a flatbed trailer and a Gravely zero turn mower. The theft occurred at the Machinery Auctioneers building on IH-35, their facility in Bexar Co. was also “hit” so they are most likely related. The “crime of the week” involved the theft of a pick-up. A fellow left his 2005 Nissan Titan running while he went inside to purchase a lottery ticket at the H.E.B. C-Store. Well it wasn’t his lucky day, I guess you can see where this is going. A bicyclist saw the truck running, watched it for a few seconds and then threw his bike in the bed of the truck and took off. In the crook world you could say our thief was an “instant winner.” The vehicle was recovered a few days later in San Antonio and it had been “stripped.” This is the second vehicle that was taken while left unattended and running in the last several weeks. I just thank God that we haven’t had any situations where children were left unattended in the vehicles that were taken.
Sadly, the U.S. Post Office in Natalia was destroyed by fire. From what I understand, Natalia residents will be picking up their mail at the Lytle Post Office until further notice. Lytle and Natalia have had a long standing school rivalry but it looks like the U.S. Postal Service will bring us all together at last. This could be the biggest peace breakthrough since President Trump met with North Korean President Kim Jong Un.