2013-02-21 / Front Page

Several Area Burglaries Solved

The past few months have been a blur for the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, as they have been investigating, and solving, at least five separate incidents, all of which had at least one common element – suspect Oscar Hernandez.

The Leader reported last week that Hernandez had been arrested, along with Delia Gonzales, for possession of controlled substances. This week, we have learned that he has also been charged, and arrested, for at least four other crimes.

In November, Deputies investigated two break-ins at an oil disposal yard located on Highway 290 west of Giddings. It was reported that someone had forced their way into the workshop of the company, stealing several pieces of oil field equipment, welding equipment and other tools. That investigation led to the arrest of Hernandez, 44 of Giddings, along with Christopher Chapman of Cedar Creek near Bastrop. Additional arrests are pending for this incident. In conjunction with this investigation, deputies were able to recover several items that had been taken from the company.

Then, beginning on February 4, Lee County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated a theft/burglary of a building on CR 430 in Dime Box. Subjects had stolen a Kawasaki 4- wheeler valued at more than $4,000. The 4-wheeler was tracked down by the investigators and recovered. Charged and arrested for that crime was, once again, Hernandez. Charges are pending on another suspect for this incident.

On February 8, Sheriff ’s deputies were dispatched to meet with a complainant on CR 118, who reported that someone had broken into his house and had stolen several rifles, shotguns, a pistol and a television. Meanwhile, other deputies were investigating another unrelated incident when they searched a Giddings residence and found several rifles, shotguns, a pistol and a television. When the investigation into the incident on CR 118 was completed, deputies learned that the items recovered from the Giddings residence were those stolen from CR 118. Arrested for this incident were Hernandez and Wesley Everett Brown, of Dime Box. This residence happened to be the same one where Hernandez and Delia Gonzales lived and were arrested for being in possession of controlled substances!

Finally, on February 11, the Lee County Deputies charged two subjects with burglary of a Lee County residence that had been reported in December 2012. Lee County Deputies followed many leads over the two month investigation, leading to charges being filed against Hernandez, along with Chapman.

Helping with all or part of these investigations were Chief Deputy Nathan Lapham and Deputies G. Ayers, R. Carvin, S. Ledenbach, J. Crockett, Rudolph and L. Liles.

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