Nothing says I love you mom like stolen flowers

Lytle PD officers handled 69 calls for service last week, it was another busy week. There were 42 traffic stops. Those stops resulted in 33 citations and 9 warnings.
I will start off with arrests from last week (we had three): On May 3rd, a traffic stop resulted in the driver being cited and released for possession of drug paraphernalia. On May 4th, a father and son duo were both arrested for reckless driving, the father also had an assault warrant out of Bexar Co. Both were booked into the Medina Co. Jail. They each were in their own vehicles and the road rage disturbance started up in Bexar Co. They were headed south on Main St. and the officer observed them trying to run each other off the road. Hopefully, they can resolve their problems by Father’s Day.
Property crimes ranged from $15 to $20K (we had four reported). A construction company doing work on the city water system had a 25 ft. PJ gooseneck trailer taken from water tower #2 (FM 2790 @ FM 463). The theft occurred between 4/28 and 5/2. The trailer was valued at $20K. Officers took a report of graffiti at the John Lott Park, both the concession stand restrooms were “tagged”. An Oak St. resident reported that her trash can was missing.
The 4th and final property crime deserves a paragraph to itself. On Sunday night (Mother’s Day), officers responded to the H.E.B. Plus for a theft. Our suspect had already departed with a floral arrangement valued at $15. He fled when confronted by a manager as he tried to exit the store. I have said it before, and I will say it again “Nothing says I love you mom like stolen flowers.” But our story doesn’t end there. In his haste to escape our suspect left behind his dog in a shopping cart! So, did he steal the flowers or just trade his dog for them? Animal control was contacted and took custody of the dog (a small Shih Tzu). The dog isn’t facing any charges, as we can’t prove he engaged in the theft. But the story doesn’t end there either. Animal Control checked the dog for a “chip” and found it had been missing from a residence in Bexar Co. for 2 years. It was released to the original owner. So, our dog is back home safe. Hopefully, the dog hasn’t been on 2-year crime spree and picked up bad habits.
The city election has come and gone, Ruben Gonzalez was re-elected as Mayor and Michael Rodriguez will fill the Alderman District 4 Seat (the incumbent Jerry Stone is retiring and did not seek re-election). Be it Mayor, City Council, or city staff with all the growth our hands will be full. Before you know it, we will be rid of all those political signs, at least for a few months.