Chief Priest’s Report – Lytle



 

 

It’s no surprise that it has been a little slow; people are less active when it’s cold. This even includes those that tend to break the law. The number of calls was below 50 again, with only 48 handled this week.

We had one arrest that just missed my last report. Ofc. A. Lopez spotted a fellow on a riding lawnmower; he was on Main Street and it was dark so that caught his attention. He had an active warrant, but Anderson Co. wouldn’t confirm. In the meantime, officers located meth on him, so he was arrested and booked into the Atascosa Co. Jail. Here I go again, if I had dope on me and a warrant for my arrest, one thing I wouldn’t do was ride a lawnmower on Main Street. If the cops didn’t get me, I would probably get run over by somebody on their cell phone.

On Sunday afternoon, we arrested a guy who broke into a storage unit at the Lytle Mini Storage on Somerset Street. Witnesses saw him in the act. He drove off, but didn’t get far. Ofc. D. Lopez stopped him and the rest was simple. The property was returned, and he was booked into jail on a state jail felony charge of burglary of a building. I’m sure this wasn’t his first time; he was able to “drill” the lock out in no time at all.

Four property crimes were reported last week. That includes the mini-storage arrest. The Pumphouse Car Wash reported that someone used a stolen credit card to purchase some car washes. We think we have the suspects identified. Some “quick hit” thieves struck the CVS Pharmacy; they took off with about $900 worth of cosmetics. They took off in an older, red, Chevy car … maybe an Impala.

On Sunday night, officers took a report of a burglary of a habitation on CR 6842. The residents had been out of the country for a few weeks and returned to find that someone broke into their house. A couple of lawn mowers, a TV, some tools and other misc. household items were taken. I started off 2021 with a little family trip to East Texas. We stayed a couple of nights at an Airbnb on Lake Palestine. We visited the Tyler Rose Garden, the Zoo and Tyler State Park. A highlight was visiting the American Freedom Museum in Bullard. It is located on the campus of the Brook Hill School, which is a private school that is a bit pricey for me. It was an awesome museum that contained an unbelievable amount of U.S. military exhibits. From there I was off to Wills Point to take care of a bit of business and then we started back south. We stopped by the Magnolia Market at the Silos in Waco and bought some goodies from the bakery.

As we were returning home, I watched on the internet as the U.S. Capitol in DC was being overrun. What a mess. How do I explain that to my kids? It looked like scenes from a sci-fi movie.

RICHEY PRIEST is the Lytle Chief of Police. You may reach him at richard. priest@lytletx.org.

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