Three Pittsburg residents, a pair of siblings and another man, were jailed on controlled substance charges following a theft complaint at Walmart, according to arrest reports.
Sulphur Springs Police were dispatched at 3:23 p.m. Dec. 7, 2022, to what was reported as a theft in progress at Wal-Mart. Officer Sean Hoffman was near the area and responded. He arrived in time to see a man, who matched the description given for the theft suspect, running from the store to a white Mitsubishi Endeavor. Store personnel reported the man walked past all points of sale with two TVs he had not paid for. The man jumped into the SUV, which quickly exited the store parking lot, turning east onto Posey Lane. The officer also exited the parking lot and initiated a traffic stop.
Hoffman reported seeing “heavy movement inside of hte vehicle as it was coming to a stop.” As the officer walked toward the SUV, he ordered the theft suspect out of it. He got out of the rear passenger’s seat and was detained, Hoffman noted in arrest reports.
A records check using the driver’s ID information showed Thomas James Clower to have an outstanding parole warrant for his arrest, and was placed into handcuffs. The 58-year-old Pittsburg man’s sister was a passenger in the Endeavor. Hoffman asked her to exit the SUV as well, and she did.
While the officer was investigating, the woman threw a glass pipe of hte type commonly used to smoke methamphetamine and other narcotics; it landed in front of a vehicle, partially destroying it. The sister then was detained. After reading their rights to all three involved, the woman claimed her brother handed her two glass pipes, which she concealed in her bra. She removed a glass pipe used to smoke meth, two baggies containing meth residue, a plastic straw, and a glass container with a crystal-like substance Hoffman believed to be meth, Hoffman alleged in arrest reports.
He was granted permission by Clower to search the SUV for possible contraband. In a headphone case on the front passenger’s seat, Hoffman reported finding a large amount of crystal-like substance he believed was meth as well as numerous baggies of the kind used for illegal distribution of narcotics. When asked, all three denied any claim to the contraband, resulting in all three being taken into custody on a controlled substance charge.
The theft suspect, 27-year-old Hector Leonardo Hernandez; 58-year-old Clower; and 37-year-old Dana Lynn Lison were booked into the county jail at 6:57 p.m. Dec. 7, 2022, on a possession of 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams with intent to distribute
While Hernandez was also charged with a heft of property valued at $100 or more but less than $750, both Clower and Lison were also booked in on one warrant each for a parole violation, according to arrest reports. All three remained in the county jail Thursday morning on the second-degree felony according to jail and sheriff’s reports.