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Arrests Made Following 2 Theft Complaints

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Theft complaints made to police on two separate days resulted in felony arrests, according to arrest reports.

Sulphur Springs Police Officers Cameron Robinson and Nick Floyd arrested a Commerce woman and Winnsboro man Nov. 10 following a complaint of a possible theft in progress at Walmart.

Upon arrival at the store around 8:20 p.m. Sunday, officers contacted suspect Amber Rebecca Lee of Commerce and a 31-year-old Winnsboro man inside the store, where staff asked that they be issued trespass warnings prohibiting them from returning to the property.

Store staff alleged the pair had gathered items in the store, then attempted to return them to the front desk for money. The pair was escorted outside the store, where the 22-year-old Lee reportedly agreed to let the officers search her purse. Officers alleged drug paraphernalia was found in her purse, thus, she was issued a citation for the offense.

Police, in arrest reports, alleged the Winnsboro man appeared nervous, struggled to stand upright, was unable to stay still, and showed signs of bruxism, which is consistent with the use of a controlled substance. Believing the man to be a danger to himself and others, the officers took him into custody for public intoxciation.

Lee told the officers she wanted allo fhte man’s belongings removed from her vehicle. He reportedly agreed to let officers search his belongings and Lee to a search of her Dodge Nitro. Officers reported finding a baggy with a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine inside of a sivlver and black box. She reportedly claimed the box when asked who it belongs to. Consequently, Lee was taken into custody for possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance.

While being transported to jail, Lee reportedly claimed to be having a panic attack, so EMS was called to meet the jail. Once she was medically cleared, she was jailed on the controlled substance charge, according to arrest reports.

The Winnsboro man was jailed on the PI charge Nov. 10 and released Nov. 11. Lee remained in the county jail Wednesday, Nov. 13, in lieu of $5,000 bond on the controlled substance charge. She was also charge Nov. 10 on Hunt County warrants for bond forfeiture on possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance and possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana charges. Lee’s bond was set at $3,500 on the Hunt County controlled substance charge and $1,000 on the other, according to jail reports.

John Mathew Perez

On Tuesday, Sulphur Springs Police Officer Adrian Pruitt and Lt. Eddie Moon responded around 9:45 a.m. to a theft complaint in the 400 block of Nicholson Street.

Upon arrival, a 36-year-old Sulphur Springs man was alleged to have removed items from another man’s residence without permission. Officers followed a report of where the suspect had gone, locating him. When they contacted the man, he admitted to removing several items from the residence, police alleged in arrest reports.

Officers alleged while talking to him, drug paraphernalia was located. Consequently, John Mathew Perez was transported to jail, where officials reportedly found a baggy containing suspected methamphetamine inside his boot, resulting in the additional charge of possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance, Moon and Pruitt alleged in Nov. 12 arrest reports.

Perez remained in the county jail Wednesday, Nov. 13, in lieu of $5,000 bond set on the controlled substance charge, according to jail reports.

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Author: Faith Huffman

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