Manheim Burglaries Solved by Sheriff’s Department
Lee County Sherriff’s officers solved three residential burglaries that took place in the Manheim area between December 9, 2011 and January 16, 2012. Over $16,000 in jewelry, tools, cameras and other items were taken from the homes. Anthony Ray Woodward, 42 of Bastrop, was arrested for the burglaries.
Sheriff’s Deputies had been conducting interviews, following leads and putting out surveillance cameras in the area.
Lee County Sheriff Rodney Meyer said, “A break came in the case on January 23, 2012 when one of the victims was contacted by the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office, inquiring if she had a camera missing. It was reported the camera had a photo that was traced back to the victim. The victim contacted our office with the information that her camera had been recovered in a pawn shop in Bastrop County.”
Deputies were able to determine that the suspect, Woodward, had pawned the camera, along with other items, and had been arrested for burglary in Fayette County and was presently incarcerated in the Fayette County Jail.
Meyer continued, “Our deputies met with Fayette County Deputies and were shown property that had been recovered from various pawn shops. We were able to identify some of the stolen items taken in the Lee County burglaries.”
Deputies contacted and met with victims at the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office in an attempt to identify any stolen property. The victims were able to positively identify the recovered property. Once positive identification was made, the property was turned over to the owners.
Deputies brought the suspect to Lee County, driving him around where he pointed out the three homes in Manheim, belonging to Myron and Karen Siegmund, David Namken and Linda Byrne, that he had burglarized. It was determined from the investigation that the suspect worked alone.
Three counts of burglary of a habitation will be filed on the suspect and the cases will be presented to the Lee County Grand Jury. Woodward is also suspected in burglarizing homes in Fayette, Austin and Colorado Counties.
Officers working the investigation included Sheriff Meyer, Chief Deputy Nathan Lapham, Captain Adam Gonzales, and Deputies Michael York, Carey Ray, Jeremiah Rudolph, Jack Allen and Gregory Ayers.