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$1300 recovered in Woodville theft

by Emily Waldrep

On September 11, 2013, Woodville Police Department Officer Dees was dispatched to meet with a Woodville resident who reported that his wallet was stolen from the Shell station on the 1000th block of South Magnolia Street.

The victim, Kenneth Williams of Woodville, said he had entered the store, and noticed when he returned to his vehicle that his wallet had been stolen. Williams reported that he had approximately $1,500 in cash, along with numerous credit and bank cards in his wallet.

While Officer Dees was getting information from him, Williams contacted his credit card companies to notify them that they had been stolen. At that time, the credit card companies informed him that his cards had just been used 20 minutes prior at several locations in Woodville.

Officer Dees, with assistance from Tyler County Sheriff's Deputy Loechel, Deputy Calhoun and Deputy Whitworth, was able to go to the store where the card was used and view surveillance footage that showed a white male in a dark colored truck getting gas at the pumps.

One of the Deputies located the vehicle matching the surveillance footage behind the Stagecoach Inn in Woodville and made contact with the motel manager who was able to give a description of the man that matched the surveillance footage.

Once contact was made with the male subject in the motel room, identified as Jose Jesus Flores Jr., age 41, from Hillsborough, Texas. Flores stated that he received the credit card from a friend in town, but finally admitted to stealing Williams wallet.

There was also a female suspect with Flores, identified as Beverly Sue Baker, age 37 of Woodville who admitted that she knew the credit cards and money had been stolen.

Officers received permission to search the vehicle and motel room and found approximately $1,300 in cash but no other items were found. Flores admitted to ditching the wallet at the Sonic Drive-In trash can.

The next day, Officers with the Woodville Police Department went above and beyond the call of duty and searched the trash cans and were able to recover Williams wallet.

Officers also obtained permission to search Beverly Baker's mother's house where the couple had been staying and found several of Williams's cut-up credit cards.

Flores was charged with Credit/Debit Card Abuse and Burglary of a Vehicle. His bond was set at $24,000.

Baker was charged with Credit/Debit Card Abuse. Her bond was set at $5,000.

"The Tyler County Sheriffs Department was extremely helpful in this case," said Captain Mike McCulley of the Woodville Police Department. "All of this took place within a couple of hours and it took a lot of people to recover the wallet and money in such a short amount of time and we want to thank them for their help."

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