2012-06-07 / Front Page

Sheriff’s Department Makes Arrest In Mail Theft Investigation

Tillman Tillman The Lee County Sheriff ’s Department arrested a man last week after investigating several mail box thefts along Highway 77 in which credit cards and checks were taken. The suspect took the checks and credit cards from mail boxes located in the rural parts of Lee County, forged the checks and made charges against several of the credit cards.

The investigation began with two reports. The first was taken on May 14, where a credit card was stolen from a mail box and had been used at businesses in Lee and Bastrop counties. The second report was taken on May 17, where a victim reported having a check in the amount of $783.24 stolen from his mail box and cashed at the Giddings Wal-Mart.

The Sheriff’s office obtained information from surveillance cameras that revealed a white Ford Excursion with side running boards, and a front bumper guard with a partial license plate as the suspected vehicle used in the thefts. The Sheriff’s Office had also received numerous calls from citizens about the suspicious Ford Excursion.

On the night of May 23, 2012, at 10:27 p.m., Lee County Sheriff’s deputies were on patrol when they spotted a Ford Excursion on CR 201. They attempted to stop the vehicle, but it sped away in an effort to evade the deputies. The vehicle pulled into a drive way at 1045 CR 201, and the suspect jumped out of the vehicle and ran into the residence. Officers followed the subject inside the residence where he had barricaded himself into a bathroom. After a short period of time, the suspect surrendered without incident.

Inside the vehicle, investigators found numerous license plates believed to be used to switch on and off the vehicle in order to evade law enforcement. The running board and front bumper guard that had been seen on the surveillance camera had also been removed.

That night, deputies with the Lee County Sheriff ’s Office arrested Lloyd Tillman, 33 years of age from Brookhaven, Mississippi. Tillman was arrested for forgery, credit card abuse, and evading arrest. Found in Tillman’s possession were numerous checkbooks, checks, bank account numbers and credit cards. The investigation continues with several agencies involved, including the San Antonio Police Department.

The case will be presented to the Lee County Grand Jury.

Investigating officers included Sheriff Rodney Meyer, Chief Deputy Nathan Lapham, Captain Adam Gonzales, Deputy Robert Carvin, Deputy Jack Allen, Deputy Lee Liles, and Deputy James Crockett.

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