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Section A: General News


Cops ID suspected thief


Cops ID suspected thief
Officials have identified 34-year-old Jerry “J.R.” Rodriguez of Beeville as the man in this surveillance photo, which was taken Feb. 23 in the Walmart Supercenter in Floresville. / WCN FILE


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FLORESVILLE -- Officials here have issued a warrant for the arrest of 34-year-old Jerry “J.R.” Rodriguez of Beeville in connection with the Feb. 23 theft of a Sony Ultrabook laptop computer valued at $600 from the Walmart Supercenter on U.S. 181 in Floresville. He is charged with theft of property worth more than $500 but less than $1,500.

Detective George Ortiz of the Floresville Police Department said a conversation with an investigator from the Beeville Police Department led to Ortiz directing his counterpart to view a story about the incident on the Wilson County News’ website. The Beeville officer immediately identified Rodriguez as the man pictured in a photograph accompanying the story, indicating that the suspect also had an arrest warrant related to a theft in a Walmart store in Beeville.

Ortiz said Rodriguez has numerous prior arrests, including at least four related to theft. Because he has prior convictions, Rodriguez’s charge out of Floresville has been enhanced to a state jail felony. If convicted, he faces up to two years in a state jail and a fine of up to $10,000.

Rodriguez is described as a Hispanic male with black hair and brown eyes. He stands 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs approximately 140 pounds. The suspect was last seen driving a small, red pickup truck.

Anyone with information about Rodriguez’s whereabouts is asked to call the Floresville Police Department at 830-393-4055. Anonymous tips, which qualify for cash rewards if they lead to an arrest, can be submitted to Crime Stoppers of Wilson County at 830-393-INFO (4636) or bit.ly/NDrIut.
 

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