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Crime Stoppers Seeking Information Concerning Stolen Travel Trailer - April 15, 2014
Submitted by Stephen Stroud


Photo not of stolen Travel Trailer but is similar. The stolen travel trailer had an aftermarket part which made it where it could be hooked up to a gooseneck instead of a fifth wheel.

On Wednesday, April 09, 2014 it was reported that a travel trailer was stolen from Shelby RV Park. The victim advised that the trailer was last seen Saturday, April 05, 2014 and he discovered that it was missing on Wednesday, April 09, 2014. The trailer is described as a 1999 Hitchhiker Rio Grande 33 foot gooseneck Travel Trailer. It was white in color with yellow and maroon designs on the side.

Anyone who has additional information regarding this crime should call Center Crime Stoppers at 936-598-SAFE (7233) or submit a tip online at www.centercrimestoppers.com. Center Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information. Remember you don't have to give your name. All calls and cash rewards are completely anonymous. Rewards will only be paid on tips submitted through the Center Crime Stoppers system.

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Shelby County Sheriff's Office Seeks Theft of Firearm Suspect - April 9, 2014
Submitted by Shad Sparks

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office is seeking help in trying to locate Killian Richey who is wanted for Theft of a Firearm and is wanted for questioning in regards to another theft in the Sardis Area. If you know the whereabouts of Killian Richey.

Center Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information. Anyone who has additional information regarding this crime should call Center Crime Stoppers at 936-598-SAFE (7233) or submit a tip online at www.centercrimestoppers.com. Remember you don't have to give your name. All calls and cash rewards are completely anonymous. Rewards will only be paid on tips submitted through the Center Crime Stoppers system.

See related Shelby County Today story here: Link

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DeSoto Parish Crime Stoppers Felon of the Week - February 28, 2014
Submitted by Sgt. Chato Atkins


Priscilla C. Bourgeois

Jessie G. Sims

Patrick M. Heard, Jr.

Coreen M. Burt

DeSoto Parish Crime Stoppers Felon of the Week Program is asking for the public’s help in locating/identifying suspect(s) wanted from the DeSoto Parish Area.

Priscilla C. Bourgeois of Stonewall, La. is wanted for theft of utility service over $900.00. Bourgeois is described as a female, white 5’07” tall and weighing 130lbs. Bourgeois is 36 years of age.

Jessie G. Sims of Logansport, La. is wanted for theft of a motor vehicle and criminal trespass. Sims is described as a male, white 5’09” tall and weighing 200lbs. Sims is 35 years of age.

Patrick M. Heard Jr. of Mansfield, La. is wanted for illegal possession of stolen things. Heard is described as a male, white 5’11” tall and weighing 175lbs. Heard is 35 years of age.

Coreen M. Burt of Pelican, La. is wanted for theft of a motor vehicle and criminal trespass. Burt is described as a female, white 5’04” tall and weighting 150 lbs. Burt is 41 years of age.

Desoto Parish Crime Stoppers is offering a reward up to 1000.00$ for information that results in the suspects arrest, anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Stoppers line at 1-800-505-STOP(7867) all calls are confidential or contact the Desoto Parish Sheriff’s Office at (318)872-3956, Lt. James Clements.

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Center PD Seeking Whereabouts of Suspect Involved in Stabbing Incident - February 18, 2014
Composed by J.J. Ford


Suspect wanted in stabbing incident - Mauricio Figueroa Alvarez of Center


Detectives collecting evidence at the scene.

According to a press release, the Center Police Department responded to a fight in progress on property located behind Roughrider Stadium on Sunday afternoon, February 16, 2014. Upon arrival officers discovered that Ciro Sandoval of Center had been stabbed during the altercation which occurred at a community soccer game, a non-school sanctioned event. The incident did not involve Center ISD students. He was later taken to LSU by life flight.

The suspect fled the scene on foot before officers arrived but was identified as Mauricio Figueroa Alvarez of Center and he is still at large. He has a tattoo on the right side of his chest.

Center Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information. Anyone who has information regarding this crime should call Center Crime Stoppers at 936-598-SAFE (7233) or submit a tip online at www.centercrimestoppers.com. Remember you don't have to give your name. All calls and cash rewards are completely anonymous. Rewards will only be paid on tips submitted through the Center Crime Stoppers system.

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Center Police Department Seeking Whereabouts of Suspect - February 11, 2014
Press Release

The Center Police Department has warrants issued for the arrest of 31 year old Joahquillan Nickerson for theft and Felony Evading Arrest.

Center Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information. Anyone who has information regarding this crime should call Center Crime Stoppers at 936-598-SAFE (7233) or submit a tip online at www.centercrimestoppers.com. Remember you don't have to give your name. All calls and cash rewards are completely anonymous. Rewards will only be paid on tips submitted through the Center Crime Stoppers system.

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Desoto Parish Crime Stoppers Felon of the Week - February 10, 2014

DeSoto Parish Crime Stoppers Felon of the Week Program is asking for the public’s help in locating/identifying suspect(s) wanted from the DeSoto Parish Area.

Willie J. Prudhomme of Stonewall, La. Prudomme is wanted for simple escape, theft and resisting an officer. Prudomme is described as a male, white 5’09” tall and weighing 160lbs.

Stephanie A. Governale of Grand Cane, La. Governale is wanted for unauthorized use of an access card over $500.00 and monetary instrument abuse. Governale is described as a female, white 5’00” tall and weighing 130lbs. Governale is 35 years of age.

Hershell L. Culpepper Jr. of Logansport, La. Culpepper is wanted for probation violation. Culpepper is described as a male, white 6’01” tall and weighing 189lbs. Culpepper is 41 years of age.

William C. Sirman of Keithville, La. Sirman is wanted for 2nd degree battery. Sirman is described as a male, white 5’11” tall and weighing 235lbs. Sirman is 21 years of age.

Robert A. Lilley of Logansport, La. Lilley is wanted for aggravated robbery. Lilley is described as a male, black 6’01” tall and weighing 205lbs. Lilley is 40 years of age.

Desoto Parish Crime Stoppers is offering a reward up to 1000.00$ for information that results in the suspects arrest, anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Stoppers line at 1-800-505-STOP(7867) all calls are confidential or contact the Desoto Parish Sheriff’s Office at (318)872-3956, Lt. James Clements.

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Center Police Department Seeking Whereabouts of Joshua Booher - February 6, 2014
Press Release

The Center Police Department has warrants for 31 year old white male, Joshua Glenn Booher, for Burglary of a Habitation and Burglary of a building. The warrants were issued for his arrest on Wednesday, February 05, 2014. Booher knows he is wanted and is on the run driving a green Toyota car and may be traveling with his small son.

Booher has made threats against Law Enforcement and is considered armed and dangerous. If you see him, do NOT try to make contact with him.

Center Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information. Anyone who has information regarding this crime should call Center Crime Stoppers at 936-598-SAFE (7233) or submit a tip online at www.centercrimestoppers.com. Remember you don't have to give your name. All calls and cash rewards are completely anonymous. Rewards will only be paid on tips submitted through the Center Crime Stoppers system.

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Southwestern Part of County Experiencing Numerous Thefts of Oil Field Equipment - January 15, 2014

There are numerous thefts taking place in the southwestern end of the county. Items such as batteries, solar panels, and other types of oilfield equipment have been stolen from oil field locations in this area. There was also a report of the same incidents in San Augustine, just across the county line. If you or someone you know has information on this please contact Center Crime Stoppers.

Center Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information. Anyone who has information regarding this crime should call Center Crime Stoppers at 936-598-SAFE (7233) or submit a tip online at www.centercrimestoppers.com. Remember you don't have to give your name. All calls and cash rewards are completely anonymous. Rewards will only be paid on tips submitted through the Center Crime Stoppers system.

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Large Metal Flower Stolen Over Christmas - December 26, 2013

A large metal flower created by savage metal artist, Delbert Beckham, was stolen sometime over Christmas. According to Delbert Beckham, the flower was last seen Christmas Eve and was mounted on the top of the 'db metal art' sign located at the entrance of CR 1140 off of SH 7 West. The large flower has four yellow petals with an orange center and a green stem with two green leaves.

The theft is under investigation by Constable Zack Warr.

Center Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information. Anyone who has information regarding this crime should call Center Crime Stoppers at 936-598-SAFE (7233) or submit a tip online at www.centercrimestoppers.com. Remember you don't have to give your name. All calls and cash rewards are completely anonymous. Rewards will only be paid on tips submitted through the Center Crime Stoppers system.

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Center Crime Stoppers Seeking Information Regarding Joaquin Theft Case - December 11, 2013
Submitted by Constable Pct 3

Sometime during the night of Sunday, December 8, 2013, an unknown suspects stole an Ex-Mark 48 " cut lawn mower that was loaded on a 12' single axle utility trailer from 12267 Hwy 84 East in Joaquin. Pct. 3 Constable Hearnsberger is asking that anyone having information regarding that theft contact Crime Stoppers.

Center Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information. Anyone who has information should call Center Crime Stoppers at 936-598-SAFE (7233) or submit a tip online at www.centercrimestoppers.com. Remember you don't have to give your name. All calls and cash rewards are completely anonymous. Rewards will only be paid on tips submitted through the Center Crime Stoppers system.

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Desoto Parish Crime Stoppers Felon of the Week - November 27, 2013

DeSoto Parish Crime Stoppers Felon of the Week Program is asking for the public’s help in locating/identifying suspect(s) wanted from the DeSoto Parish Area.


In order as listed from left to right

Reginald A. Wyatt of Mansfield, La. is wanted for Distribution of Schedule I Marijuana. Wyatt is described as a male, black 5’06” tall and weighing 141lbs. Wyatt is 23 years of age.

Sabrina R. Green of Mansfield, La. is wanted for Distribution of Schedule II Crack Cocaine. Green is described as a female, black 5’10” tall and weighing 160lbs. Green is 23 years of age.

Decarlon P. Hogan of Mansfield, La. is wanted for two counts Distribution of Schedule II Crack Cocaine. Hogan is described as a male, black 6’01” tall and weighing 165lbs. Hogan is 24 years of age.

Lakeisha R. Powell of Mansfield, La. is wanted for Distribution of Schedule I Marijuana. Powell is described as a female, black 5’02” tall and weighing 215lbs. Powell is 23 years of age.

Lapatrick K. Jones of Mansfield, La. is wanted for two counts of Distribution of Schedule I Marijuana. Jones is described as a male, black 5’10” tall and weighing 170lbs. Jones is 23 years of age.

Desoto Parish Crime Stoppers is offering a reward up to $1000.00 for information that results in the suspects arrest, anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Stoppers line at 1-800-505-STOP(7867) all calls are confidential or contact the Desoto Parish Sheriff’s Office at (318)872-3956, SGT. CHATO ATKINS.

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DeSoto Parish Crime Stoppers Felon of the Week - November 8, 2013

DeSoto Parish Crime Stoppers Felon of the Week Program is asking for the public’s help in locating/identifying suspect(s) wanted from the DeSoto Parish Area.

(Left Photo) Robert S. Tucker, of Rayville, LA. Tucker is wanted for Aggravated Battery. Tucker is described as a male, white 6’00” tall and weighing 160lbs. Tucker is 32 years of age.

(Right Photo) Franklin R. Alexander, of Mansfield, LA. Alexander is wanted for Aggravated Battery. Alexander is described as a male, black 6’02” tall and weighing 235lbs. Alexander is 30 years of age.

Desoto Parish Crime Stoppers is offering a reward up to 1000.00$ for information that results in the suspects arrest, anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Stoppers line at 1-800-505-STOP(7867) all calls are confidential or contact the Desoto Parish Sheriff’s Office at (318)872-3956, Lt. James Clements.

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Evidence Submitted to DPS Crime Lab Identifies Suspect in Burglary Case - November 4, 2013




Submitted by Detective Stephen Stroud

Marcus Isaac is wanted for two burglary of motor vehicle cases from 2012. Center Police Detectives advised that on Thursday, October 24, 2012, Officers responded to the scene where two vehicles had been burglarized at East Texas Medical Clinic. Detectives were called out to process the scene but had no suspects and little to go on.

Upon processing the crime scene Detectives collected blood where the suspect had cut himself while breaking into the vehicle. The blood was submitted to the DPS Crime Lab and came back to be a positive match to Marcus Isaac of Center, Texas. Center Police Detective Stephen Stroud advised that he expects the suspect will be facing more charges as other crime lab reports come in. Stroud advised that it takes some time for the lab results to come back but, time is on our side.

Center Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information. Anyone who has information regarding the location of this suspect should call Center Crime Stoppers at 936-598-SAFE (7233) or submit a tip online at www.centercrimestoppers.com. Remember you don't have to give your name. All calls and cash rewards are completely anonymous. Rewards will only be paid on tips submitted through the Center Crime Stoppers system.

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Crime Stoppers Seeking Help Locating Wanted Suspect - October 21, 2013
Submitted by Constable Billy Hearnsberger

Arrested - Constable Pct 3 Billy Hearnsberger is seeking help locating Kristie Nicole Trahan, a white female, age 33. Trahan has warrants for her arrest for one (1) count of misdemeanor theft and for one (1) count of felony credit card abuse. She is believed to be in the Joaquin and/or Center area.

Center Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information. Anyone who has information regarding the location of Kristie Nicole Trahan should call Center Crime Stoppers at 936-598-SAFE (7233) or submit a tip online at www.centercrimestoppers.com. Remember you don't have to give your name. All calls and cash rewards are completely anonymous. Rewards will only be paid on tips submitted through the Center Crime Stoppers system.

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Crime Stoppers Seeking Whereabouts of Suspects Connected to Theft Case - October 10, 2013
Submitted by Detective Stephen Stroud

Update (12/11) - Suspect Jerry Akins has been located and is in custody. All suspects in this case have been found.


Jerry Akins

Shelby Whittington

Joey Garner

Jose Palacios

On Wednesday, October 9, 02013, shortly after midnight at approximately 12:20am unknown suspect(s) in a green Chevrolet Suburban entered the parking lot of the Energy Lodge in Center, Texas. There the suspect(s) took a Honda Generator and assorted tools with an estimated value of $3,500. Through the Center Police Department investigation Detectives were able to identify four suspects and recover the stolen items. The suspects were identified as 22 year old Shelby Whittington, 26 year old Jerry Akins, 31 year old Joey Garner and 44 year old Jose Palacios.

On Wednesday, October 9, 2013 a Shelby County Judge issued felony Theft warrants and felony engaging in organized criminal activity warrants on all four suspects. Wittington and Palacio have been arrested for the warrants but Akins and Garner are on the run. They are desperate and would do anything to avoid capture.

Center Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information. Anyone who has information regarding the location of Jerry Akins or Joey Garner should call Center Crime Stoppers at 936-598-SAFE (7233) or submit a tip online at www.centercrimestoppers.com. Remember you don't have to give your name. All calls and cash rewards are completely anonymous. Rewards will only be paid on tips submitted through the Center Crime Stoppers system.

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Stolen Cattle Trailer on FM 139 - August 2, 2013

Sometime within the last two weeks a 1997 brown Gooseneck brand, fifth wheel cattle trailer was stolen from a pasture beside a residence located at 22935 FM 139 in the Dreka Community. Anyone with any information please contact Crime Stoppers at 936-598-7233.

Thank You,

Shad Sparks
Chief Deputy Shelby County Sheriff's Office

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Seeking Information Concerning Burglary of a Habitation - July 3, 2013
Press Release

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office is seeking information concerning a Burglary of a Habitation that took place on or around Tuesday, July 2, 2013 in Joaquin on Stone Street.  Types of items taken included home electronics, jewelry, and medication.

Center Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Anyone who has information regarding the crime should call Center Crime Stoppers at 936-598-SAFE (7233) or submit a tip online at www.centercrimestoppers.com. Remember you don't have to give your name. All calls and cash rewards are completely anonymous. Rewards will only be paid on tips submitted through the Center Crime Stoppers system.

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Seeking Information in the Death of Danny Akridge - June 27, 2013

Center Crime Stoppers is seeking information in the death of Danny Luther Akridge who was found deceased at his residence on Hwy 7 West on September 9, 2012. The death of Danny Akridge is under the investigation of Investigator John Pope with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office.

Center Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Anyone who has information regarding the crime should call Center Crime Stoppers at 936-598-SAFE (7233) or submit a tip online at www.centercrimestoppers.com. Remember you don't have to give your name. All calls and cash rewards are completely anonymous. Rewards will only be paid on tips submitted through the Center Crime Stoppers system.

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Stolen Vehicle Recovered Following Attempted Traffic Stop - June 20, 2013
Composed by J.J. Ford

According to Center PD Detective Joey Haley, on June 12, 2013, Sgt. Ricky King witnessed a blue Dodge Durango run a red light on MLK Drive and when he turned to make a traffic stop, the vehicle fled. Officer Steven Thornburgh located the vehicle on Price Street and pursued it to Lister Street where the driver exited the vehicle and fled on foot.

At the time of the pursuit, officers were not aware the vehicle was stolen. The 1998 Dodge Durango was reported stolen from Crawford Street the same day. Detective Joey Haley came out and processed the scene. A good finger print was taken as well as DNA.

A suspect has been identified in the case but hasn't been release at this time. A warrant is pending on the suspect following the results of the finger print match and DNA evidence processing.
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Reward Offered for Information on Shot Cow - May 24, 2013
Press Release

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office, Timpson PD, and Constable Pct. 5 are seeking help in a reported offense that occurred Monday, May 20th. On Tuesday, May 21st at 9:45am officers were called to the property of Jim Powers located on CR 4037. The call was in reference to one of the owners cows possibly being shot in the pasture. An investigation revealed that the cow, a registered Brahan had been shot possibly from the county road. There was a white pick-up seen in the area the afternoon before with a partial Texas License Plate. The owner of the cow is offering a $1000 reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person or person responsible for this offense. If anyone has information, please contact the Shelby County Sheriff's Office at 936-598-5601 or Shelby County Constable Pct. 5 Stanley Burgay 936-254-3664.

You can also call Center Crime Stoppers at 936-598-SAFE or send a web tip at www.centercrimestoppers.com. You could earn up to $1,000 in cash IF your information leads to the arrest or the recovery of the stolen property.

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VFW Post 8904 Burglarized - May 1, 2013
Submitted by Larry Hume

Sometime between 4 pm on Sunday, April 28th and 8 am Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 person or persons broke into our VFW Post Home at 617 Highway 96 North here in Center. The storage building was also burglarized. There was some vandalism which can be repaired.

The ceremonial bugle that is used by our Post Honor Guard to play Taps when rendering final military funeral honors of Shelby County Veterans was stolen. The VFW and Ladies Auxiliary will be raising funds to buy a replacement as soon as possible.

Anyone with any information should contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s office at 598-5601. Post quartermaster Larry Hume can also be contacted at 598-2976.

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Seeking Information Concerning Theft of Wildcat Zero Turn Mower - April 12, 2013
Composed by J.J. Ford

According to Deputy Kurtis Lawrence, a 2010 SCAG Wildcat zero turn mover, 61 inch, was reported stolen to the Shelby County Sheriff's Department on Thursday, April 11, 2013 from a residence off of FM 417 West in the Clever Creek area. The owner, Michael Taylor, reported waking up Thursday morning and finding the mover gone. The Wildcat was taken sometime between the afternoon of April 10th and the morning of April 11th during the storm. It is valued at $3,500. The incident is under investigation by Investigator John Pope.

If you have any information about this case, please call Center Crime Stoppers at 936-598-SAFE (7233) or send a web tip at www.centercrimestoppers.com . You could earn a cash reward up to $1,000 if your information leads to the arrest of the suspect. And remember you don’t have your give your name!

(Photo: Stock image of mower. Not actual mower stolen.)

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Crime Stoppers Now Offering $1,000 Reward for Information on Stolen Items
Press Release

The City of Center Police Department wants to alert the public to a rash of car burglaries around town. In an attempt to help catch suspect(s) involved the Center Crime Stoppers are now offering a Reward of $1,000 for the recovery of property or arrest of person(s) involved in these crimes!

One specific burglary which occurred happened sometime between September 9, 2012 and September 19, 2012 involved unknown suspect(s) entering a vehicle located at 630 Tenaha Street. There the suspect(s) took a nickel plated Smith and Wesson 357 magnum model # 19, revolver. The barrel was six inches long and it was complete with a basket weave holster.

If you have any information please, call Center Crime Stoppers at 936-598-SAFE or send a web tip at www.centercrimestoppers.com and remember you don’t have to give your name.

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Center PD Investigating Hate Crime

On Sunday, December the 5th, 2010, at approximately 6:54am Center Police Officers responded to a fire at Harry’s Smoke House located on Cora Street, Center, Texas. Officers arrived to find flames and smoke rolling from the roof of the restaurant. The Center Fire Department arrived and fought the fire putting the flames out. It was then reported by the Firefighters that we were dealing with arson. Firefighters advised that an unknown suspect(s) entered the restaurant and wrote racial slurs throughout the building. The ATF was notified and is working closely with the Center Police Department Detectives. Due to the nature of this crime, this is being investigated as a hate crime. If you know who is responsible for this crime or have any information on this or any crime, your help will be greatly appreciated. Contact Detective Stroud at 598-4244.

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