Another slow week at Lytle P.D., officers handled 51 calls for service and conducted 37 traffic stops. Those stops resulted in 16 citations and 21 warnings.
Officers made three arrests last week: #1 – Officers responded to H.E.B. Plus for a report of a shoplifter. The female suspect had unpaid merchandise in her purse. The merchandise was a Chocolate Pecan Pie for $2.98, a package of Ground Beef (93%) valued at $6.19, and 2 packages of Prime NY strip steaks (valued at $35.50 and $32.94) with a total value of $77.61.
I bet those steaks would have been tasty, but I don’t care much for chocolate pecan pie …. I would have opted for apple. But that is not the end of the story. She had a theft warrant out of Medina Co., so she received a ticket for the Class C theft and a trip to jail for the warrant. #2 – Officers conducted a traffic stop on Main St., and determined the driver had an active warrant for burglary of a habitation out of Hays Co. He was booked into the Atascosa Co. Jail. #3 – Officers responded to H.E.B. Plus for a report of a shoplifter, the suspect made off with a bottle of MD 20/20. He was cited and released. Way back when I was in high school (mid-80s), my parents had a convenience store in Lytle. I remember people stealing bottles of Mad Dog 20/20 way back then. It’s reassuring to know that some things don’t change. The internet, social media, cell phones and all this modern stuff still don’t matter to a fellow looking for a bottle of MD 20/20.
Not much to report on property crimes: #1 – A resident reported they lost their cell phone, and someone found it and used their cash app to take money out of the victim’s account. I guess they didn’t have a passcode. #2 – H.E.B. Plus reported an attempted theft, a female was confronted outside the store with approx. $120 worth of unpaid merchandise, she fled before the cops showed up. The merchandise was all recovered.
Our homecoming parade is only about a month away, it will be on Saturday, Nov. 4. The parade takes place on Main St., and it will start at 10 AM by City Hall and will end at the intersection of Main St. and FM 2790 N. If you are new to town, please keep in mind that there will be some traffic disruption for about an hour or so. We have detours planned that should help things out. The Lytle Ex-Students Assoc. plans and sponsors the parade, we just help make sure it goes well and everybody stays safe. This is always a well-attended event. There is normally a lot of “candy-throwing” going on. I will probably be on my bicycle, and if history repeats itself by the end of the parade the bag on my bike will be full of empty candy wrappers.
The turn lane in front of city hall is steadily progressing, I doubt we will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony when it opens, but it sure deserves one. I think it will lower stress among our residents which could lead to lower divorce rates and increased quality of life. The only downside is that before the turn lane, you could sit on Main St. and read the electronic sign at city hall three full cycles before you could turn. Now you might only get one chance to see what is happening.